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The PPR is a long-awaited step in the right direction

The fact that the register is voluntary could be its biggest selling point, argues Kevin Poulter

14 July 2015

This week, the Law
Society welcomed a new president to its hallowed halls, as Jonathan Smithers took up the challenge of overseeing the profession through what can only be a period of challenges, old and new.

Over at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), too, David Edwards has taken up the mantle. Both are experienced lawyers: Smithers as a property lawyer and managing partner in Tunbridge Wells, and Edwards having worked in local authorities for over 30 years. Perhaps the challenge for the coming year will be to unite the whole profession. If so, there is plenty of support and encouragement coming from those responsible for the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR), which has just launched for consumers.

A joint initiative between the National Association of Licensed Paralegals and the Institute of Paralegals, the PPR is seeking to protect consumers and act as a...

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