Paralegals: The Modern Lawyer – PPR Conference 2018

The Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) is a “voluntary registered scheme to promote professional paralegals as a recognised fourth arm of the legal profession and to enhance consumer choice and protection“.

Yesterday, 12th of October 2018, Wyboston Lakes Centre welcomed the 3rd PPR Paralegal Conference.

Among the high-level figures present at the event were Wanda Goldwag, Chair, Legal Ombudsman, and Derek Wood CBE QC as the Chair of the panel discussion entitled ‘How to help Consumers to choose Paralegals’.

To highlight the workshop held on GDPR, brilliantly led and presented by Matthew Holman. Matthew has a BA Honours degree in Law, having qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. He specialises in Commercial, IP and Data Protection law. He is one of only 20 lawyers in the UK to have attainted the Society For Computers and Law Accredited IT Lawyer status.

The GDPR workshop focused on two areas; key updates about the post-GDPR world and the actions taken by the Information Commissioner’s Office since the GDPR came into force on the 25th May 2018.

Also, it was fascinating the speech by Stephen Ward from Clerksroom on ‪“How will legal services be delivered and can paralegal’s lead the way?”‬ Stephen offered the audience valuable information on change management and useful tips on how IT can help to improve the quality of services within the legal sector. Stephen raised the question: ‪Could a “Billy Bot” Chatbot be part of the answer?‬

Congratulations are in order for the Professional Paralegal Register for an excellent conference!