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Simply Law Jobs | What is a Paralegal?

 

Amanda Hamilton chats with our trusted partners Simply Law Jobs about Paralegals and when businesses and consumers should use one. 

 

Why would someone choose a paralegal?

 

Cost: Utilising the services of solicitors can be expensive. Solicitors charge on average over £200 per hour and some, more senior ones, will charge nearer to £300 per hour. On average Paralegals charge between £20 – £50 per hour for their services.

There is virtually no legal aid anymore: Before April 2013 legal funding was available for bringing a case to court or defending an action. This has now been eradicated for all but a few cases. Paralegals are filling the gap left by the eradication of Legal Aid.

For initial assistance before bringing in a solicitor: For example, if the case is serious and cannot be resolved, and will eventually end up in court, a paralegal may assist at the start.

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