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Exclusive: major blow to Co-op Legal Services as Blacklaws departs

Christina Blacklaws, who has spearheaded the development of Co-operative Legal Services, left the alternative business structure at the end of last month, Legal Futures can reveal.

April 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Co-op undeterred despite £3.4m loss by legal services business

Co-operative Legal Services has revealed losses of £3.4m for the first half of 2013, which its parent group said reflected “the start-up nature of the business”. But The Co-operative Group affirmed its intention to “continue with our plans to develop this growing business”.

August 29th, 2013 | No Comments »

Co-op distances itself from claim that good client service is “alien to solicitors”

The Co-operative Legal Services has disassociated itself from comments made by its sales and marketing director that putting consumers at the heart of what they do is “alien” to solicitors, after complaints by the Law Society.

June 7th, 2013 | No Comments »

Co-op goes face-to-face with nationwide family legal aid service

Co-operative Legal Services has today made its major move into family law services by unveiling a telephone advice service for those people still able to claim legal aid help and a network of 78 face-to-face locations across England and Wales.

April 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »

Co-op calls on solicitors to ‘stop the clock’ on divorce work

More than four out of five of divorcees want family law services provided by fixed fees, according to research carried out by Co-operative Legal Services to launch a campaign against hourly rates in light of this week’s legal aid cuts.

April 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Number of private practice solicitors falls for first time as Law Society warns of ABS threat

The number of qualified solicitors in private practice fell last year for the first time since records began. A new legal service market assessment by the Law Society also warned that that a small number of successful ABSs could radically reshape the market for high street legal services.

March 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

Leading ABS set to open up entry to the law through 'Learning Academy'

Co-operative Legal Services will launch a ‘Learning Academy’ later this year that will offer all staff training for a range of skills and qualifications, including becoming solicitors and chartered legal executives.

February 7th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Ombudsman prepares for ABSs after Parliament approves rule changes

The Legal Ombudsman has won approval for changes to its rules that bring them more in line with the Financial Ombudsman Service and so equip it better to deal with alternative business structures like Co-operative Legal Services.

January 14th, 2013 | No Comments »

In brief: latest ABS, Co-op wins contract, top firms “don’t want” external cash, SRA race probe

Our regular round-up of important news nuggets includes the newest SRA-licensed ABS, an advice contract for the Co-op, a survey of top firms on how they are changing, a probe of SRA files to identify any racial discrimination, heavy fine for spam texters and much more.

November 29th, 2012 | No Comments »

Co-op blanks QualitySolicitors criticism but claims its presence will benefit all lawyers

Co-operative Legal Services has refused to be drawn into a spat with QualitySolicitors over whether so-called ‘supermarket law’ offers an inferior service compared to high street solicitors, instead underlining its appeal to people who normally shun lawyers.

September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on Co-op blanks QualitySolicitors criticism but claims its presence will benefit all lawyers