Award Categories

For sector-specific categories, applicants must be actively engaged as Paralegals within that field, whether as employees, self-employed professionals or representing businesses.

Our esteemed panel of judges will evaluate entries based on criteria such as outstanding legal skills, client satisfaction, innovation and professional development.

The following categories are open to all participants from any legal sector offering a fair and inclusive opportunity for all:

  • National Paralegal of the Year
  • Best Paralegal Newcomer / Young Practitioner of the Year
  • Community Champion of the Year
  • Best Paralegal Apprentice of the Year
  • National Paralegal Business of the Year


National Paralegal of the Year Award

The National Paralegal of the Year Award will be awarded to an individual with at least five years’ experience, who can clearly demonstrate how they have performed and exceeded client expectations and has made a significant contributions to their organisation or firm.

This candidate will show exceptional knowledge and skill, along with outstanding leadership qualities.

Community Champion of the Year Award

The NPA Best Community Champion Paralegal Award is bestowed upon an individual who epitomises selflessness and dedication to their community, particularly during challenging times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This prestigious award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond, dedicating their time and effort to improve the lives of others and make a positive impact within their community.

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Best Newcomer/Young Practitioner of the Year Award

This category will recognise an individual who has been working as a Paralegal for less than two years, who may still be undergoing training.

The first steps to entering a Paralegal career are the hardest and this prestigious newcomer award will be awarded to an individual who can show extraordinary achievements and dedication.

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Please see Best Paralegal Apprentice of the Year category if you are an apprentice. 

Paralegal of the Year – South Award

The NPA Paralegal of the year for the South region will be awarded to an individual who can clearly demonstrate how they have performed and exceeded client expectations and has made a significant contribution to their practice.

The candidate must have a minimum of two years’ experience.

Paralegal of the Year – Midlands and North Award

The NPA Paralegal of the year for the Midlands and North regions will be awarded to an individual who can clearly demonstrate how they have performed and exceeded client expectations and has made a significant contribution to their practice.

The candidate must have a minimum of two years’ experience.

Best Family Law Paralegal Award

The NPA Best Family Law Paralegal Award recognises an individual who demonstrates exceptional dedication to their work, clients and the legal profession. The successful recipient will have achieved a high level of experience, knowledge and skill in the field of family law, consistently delivering exceptional service to their clients or employers.

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Best Intellectual Property Paralegal Award

The Intellectual Property Paralegal Award recognises an individual who exemplifies extraordinary dedication to their work, clients and the profession as a whole. The recipient of this award will showcase a remarkable level of expertise, experience and skill, consistently delivering exceptional services to their clients or employer.  

Best Paralegal Apprentice of the Year Award – free to enter

The NPA Apprentice of the Year award will be given to an individual who can clearly demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work, their personal development, their clients and the profession.

The successful individual will demonstrate how they are embracing the organisation they work for and contributing to its overall success. Evidence of any success in their duties to date and vision for their development will also be clear.

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Best Conveyancing/Real Estate Paralegal Award

This is the second year we’re showcasing the area. The award will be given to an individual who can clearly demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work, clients and to the profession. The successful individual will have gained a high level of experience, knowledge and skills to provide an outstanding service to their clients or employers.

This category is open to both domestic and commercial property transactions.

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The NPA for the Best Probate Research Paralegal will honour an individual who has excelled in their research work, showcasing outstanding dedication to their clients and a deep passion for the profession.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated extensive experience, advanced knowledge and exceptional skills, consistently delivering top-tier services to their clients or employer.

Best Will Writing Paralegal Award

The NPA Best Will Writing Paralegal Award celebrates an individual who embodies exceptional dedication to their work, clients and the broader profession. This prestigious accolade is bestowed upon the successful candidate who has attained a remarkable level of experience, knowledge and expertise, consistently delivering outstanding service to their clients or employers.

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National Paralegal Business of the Year

This award is open to any paralegal business that can clearly demonstrate how they have performed and exceeded client expectations and can prove how they excel as a leading paralegal business.

Best Law Firm – Paralegal Development Award

The NPA Best Law Firm Paralegal Development Award is awarded to a firm who can clearly demonstrate exceptional commitment to the training and development of paralegals.

The successful firm will be able to show that they encourage diversity and inspire personal and professional development of their paralegals, which in turn provides an exceptional customer experience and services to their clients.

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Best Legal Profession Supplier Award

For the second year in a row, we will look to award an organisation that provides the sector with technology or other services to improve efficiency of services offered to clients. The successful firm will demonstrate a high level of understanding of the legal sector with clear advantages for the end user.

Outstanding Achievement Award

There are no nominations or entries for this category. The award is given at the discretion of CILEX to the person whom it believes has promoted the Paralegal profession, championed diversity of opportunity within the legal sector, been or is a role model for student paralegals and lawyers or has demonstrated exceptional achievements within the wider legal sphere that positively impacts on access to justice.

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Entries close on 24 June 2024 at 11.59pm. Early bird discount applies until 24 June 2024 at 11.59pm. When you are ready to submit your entry form, you can pay for your entry registration by clicking here.