The rising profile of the paralegal

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On 5 June, The Lawyer reported that the Government has approved the first professional qualification for paralegals – the BTEC in Legal Work. The Institute of Legal Executives also has a professional qualification for paralegals, more recently in partnership with City & Guilds. On 12 June, The Lawyer reported that White & Bowker commercial property […]

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