Monday, 11 April 2011

In England, legal services offered at WH Smith newsstands

Legal Week reports that UK law firm franchise QualitySolicitors (QS) has agreed a deal with WHSmith to offer legal services via hundreds of the newsagent's national branches - a move that has been hailed as a ground-breaking initiative for the retail legal market.  QualitySolicitors will place 'legal access points' in 150 WHSmith stores this summer with a plan for eventually providing 500 locations.
The 'access points' will be staffed by local QualitySolicitors firms. Solicitors will offer advice on a range of consumer legal matters including conveyancing (real estate transfers) and will writing. There will also be a television advertising campaign to promote the product. Staff solicitors will use iPads and iPad  applications to book appointments, provide conveyancing quotes, sell will packages and give advisory sessions for a fixed fee. QS chief executive Craig Holt said ‘This move represents the future of legal services. It is a game changer, providing both the key elements required for market dominance – accessibility and visibility.’ The goal of the partnership is to provide more accessible, consumer-friendly legal advice.

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