Frequently Asked Questions
The Oxford Dictionary defines a paralegal as a person trained in subsidiary legal matters. Paralegals have become an established part of the Scottish legal framework and as a result of experience, training and formal qualification the “unqualified assistant” has undergone a metamorphosis resulting in the creation of the modern day paralegal.
As a recognized fee earner, they assist and support solicitors and those within a legal environment. Working under supervision, but responsible for their own workload, many paralegals specialize in a specific area of law eg trusts and executry, debt recovery conveyancing, litigation or family law etc.
The Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) was formed in 1993 to promote the interests of paralegals in Scotland. We are a voluntary not for profit association with an elected committee bound by a constitution.The SPA is the only association recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as the body representing the interests and promoting the development of Paralegals in Scotland. The SPA holds amongst its membership paralegals who operate in a wide variety of roles within the legal profession assisting solicitors in many different areas of law. The SPA acts in the best interests of the members by promoting and representing their collective opinions and views. We have in place firmly established membership criteria, code of conduct and grading structure. The grading system operated by the SPA was developed through consultation with the Law Society of Scotland. All of which, when combined with a requirement of continued professional development (CPD), provides confidence in members of the SPA and their ability to deliver legal services in a competent and professional manner.