Mr James O’Connell, former Founder and Chief Executive of the Institute of Paralegals, shared his views with us in 2009 about the continuing rise of paralegals.

“In the past few years, paralegals have become indispensable to solicitors’ firms. There are now more paralegals working in law firms than there are Associate, Assistant and Consultant solicitors combined. Within a decade there will be more paralegal fee earners in law firms than solicitors!
This continuing rise in the importance of Paralegals is transforming career prospects.
In 2005 we were granted Institute status by the UK government and our work with organisations such as the Bar Council, Law Society, Crown Prosecution Service, law firms and many universities and FE colleges has resulted in the National Competency Standards for Paralegals.
If one is thinking about qualifying and working as a Paralegal, they will be joining a profession which is certainly set to grow.

Paralegals, Legal Secretaries are unregulated professions and therefore, accreditation is not a requirement to deliver courses for such professionals.  Our law Courses are in accordance with the Institute of Paralegal's National Competency Standard guidelines which were set circa 2009.

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What our membership in 2009 looked like after Mr James O'Connell founded and was Chief 

Executive of the IoP which has since undergone several changes.