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Consumer panel: call in paralegals to meet demand for family advice

Law firms should offer “paralegal services” to cut the cost of advice on family matters, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested. In a report for the Legal Services Board, the panel also called for greater use of unbundling and fixed fees.

May 20th, 2016 | No Comments »

App aimed at automating divorce process looks forward to UK market entry

The UK is in the sights of a Canadian company that has developed an app aimed at simplifying the divorce process for self-represented couples, including automated completion of divorce application forms and the documents needed to make a separation agreement.

March 1st, 2016 | No Comments »

Exclusive: The Family Law Café opens for business

An online family law service that uses barristers to triage a client’s requirements and connect them with the experts needed to assist – whether they are barristers, solicitors, mediators, financial advisers, arbitrators, collaborative lawyers or therapists – has gone live this week.

March 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

Hodge Jones & Allen pioneers fixed-fee divorce arbitration service

London firm Hodge Jones & Allen has launched a fixed-fee arbitration service for divorcing couples in the wake of judicial support for such a move to keep costs down. The firm is encouraging more law firms to get on board.

December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Investors target legal entrepreneur after stint on The Apprentice

Solicitor entrepreneur Lauren Riley has described how she has met venture capitalists and tech companies interested in her legal app after appearing in the BBC1 show The Apprentice.

December 2nd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Now MoJ sits on litigants in person report for over a year

The Ministry of Justice has failed to publish for over a year a major report on litigants in person in family law cases involving six universities, it has emerged.

November 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

Single parent community interest company launches major family law panel

A community interest company which offers support to separating parents through its websites OnlyMums and OnlyDads, has launched a family law panel which it says could become “the place to go as the starting point for family law matters”.

May 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Exclusive: US tech business bidding to re-engineer divorce process targets UK expansion

A US company looking to re-engineer the divorce process through an innovative technology platform and process has laid out its plans to come to the UK, Legal Futures can reveal. Wevorce recently raised $1.7m (£1m) in new funding.

December 13th, 2013 | 2 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 »