Alternative business structure Brilliant Law has scored a major affinity deal by teaming up with leading broker network Keychoice.
Keychoice has a membership of over 800 independent UK brokers, who will now have access to a full range of fixed-price business law services.
Keychoice said the arrangement “puts a stop to the open-ended hourly charging structure that makes it impossible for businesses to budget for legal services and often leaves them facing astronomical bills”.
It claimed that Brilliant Law represented a saving of between 25% and 70% compared to traditional solicitors. Part of the firm’s model is to offer a wide range of fixed-price legal documents through its online ‘shop’  which are then customised by a lawyer contacting the client.
Keychoice members also have telephone support six days a week from 8am to 7pm.
Kate Mutter-Bowen, head of insurer and business partner relationships at Keychoice, said: “To date, members have had to choose between the open-ended and expensive hourly rates charged by law firms or off-the-shelf legal packages for template contracts and documents that are rarely fit for purpose.
“With Brilliant Law our members will be able to access the expert and professional legal advice they need at a fixed cost that they can budget for and afford. We believe this modernises the provision of legal services to our members giving them an option that is at last appropriate for today’s world, allowing them to focus on running their business.”
Brilliant Law chief executive Matthew Briggs added: “Last year over four new laws were passed every day which can create real headaches for insurance brokers. Keychoice has listened to its members and worked closely with us to create a range of competitive services that meets their needs.”
Meanwhile, Pontypool-based law firm Watkins & Gunn has received a £50,000 grant from the Welsh government’s economic growth fund to launch ‘Gateway2Law’, its own e-commerce service
It will create five new legal jobs and safeguard a further five jobs and “involves developing an enhanced web presence and software to provide a path to an online personalised legal service complete with payment facilities”, according to the Welsh government.
Economy minister Edwina Hart said: “The legal sector is undergoing substantial change and faces a number of challenges so it is encouraging seeing a law firm taking steps to adapt to these changes and creating new opportunities for growth.”
Managing partner Clive Thomas added: “We believe we are the first Welsh legal firm to develop such a holistic online solution and funding support from the Welsh government was vital to launch this innovative new service.
“The provision of on line legal services will help us grow our practice by enabling us to attract new clients, offer staff legal benefit schemes for companies and broaden our client base by competing for work nationally.”
The online service will cover all of the firm’s areas of practice – personal injury, family law, conveyancing, crime, private client and employment.