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Earlier this year, the then president of CILEx, Stephen Gowland, announced that the organisation would be carrying out an enquiry to investigate and prepare for what the next twenty or thirty years might hold for the legal profession.

3 October 2014

Partially because of the difficulties brought about by the cuts to legal aid, the changes in personal injury litigation and increased commoditisation of legal services, there has been a significant increase in the number of unqualified or unregulated individuals either seeking a place in a changing market or necessarily filling a gap in what is perceived to be an unprofitable area.
For these reasons, this has become known as the Paralegal Enquiry. It is a fitting starting point, as the role of the one-time managing clerk, non-qualified litigator and legal executive has blurred as much as it has evolved over the past few decades. The increasing 'Americanisation'
of the British legal profession has seen the word paralegal thrown around without caution, leading to confusion within the profession, let alone with the public.

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