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Solicitor launches website to help SMEs and consumers access unbundled advice

A Yorkshire solicitor has launched a website to help small businesses and consumers obtain fixed price unbundled advice. James Martin, founder and director of ClaimItOnline, launched today, said the website was particularly aimed at small businesses with disputes worth up to £50,000.

May 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

Law Society sets out groundrules for offering unbundled services

There is a wide range of practice areas where solicitors can offer unbundled legal services, from actions against the police to civil litigation, the Law Society has suggested. It said firms could also use paralegals to act as McKenzie Friends in court.

March 20th, 2015 | 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 »

New Bar leader: young barristers should take place of paid McKenzie Friends

Junior barristers should get themselves accredited for public access work and act in cases where people are currently relying on paid McKenzie Friends, the new Bar Council chairman has said as he promised to promote direct access to the public.

December 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Unbundling – a necessity for consumers or risk to professional standards?

The potential for unbundling legal services to help consumers – and particularly litigants in person – is to be examined in a research project being commissioned by the Legal Services Board and Legal Services Consumer Panel.

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Lawyers will be seen in future as “small part of diverse legal ecosystem”

Regulated lawyers should be viewed in the future as “a small part of an increasingly diverse ecosystem”, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said in a report being launched at today’s Legal Futures Annual Conference.

November 18th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Clients charged fixed fees in almost half of all transactions, survey finds

Clients are paying law firms fixed fees in almost half of all transactions, while unbundling is becoming a significant feature of the market place, a survey for the Legal Services Consumer Panel has found.

May 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Unbundled legal services and hourly rates don’t mix, warns Law Society

Family lawyers offering unbundled legal services should be wary of charging clients on an hourly basis, the Law Society has warned. It said “this could increase the risk of the retainer being more broadly interpreted”.

May 2nd, 2013 | No Comments »

Consumer panel concern over struck-off solicitors acting as McKenzie Friends

Struck-off solicitors are acting as McKenzie Friends, raising ethical concerns and providing a service that gives no recourse to the Legal Ombudsman, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has warned as it highlighted issues around the unbundling of legal services that it is set to investigate.

April 11th, 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 »