Alternative Business Structures – Co-operative Legal Services will be among first to apply

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) recently (7 December) confirmed that it intended to be one of the first to apply to become an Alternative Business Structure under the Legal Services Act.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced that it will begin accepting applications from 3 January 2012 and CLS plans to submit its application on that day.

Eddie Ryan, Managing Director of CLS, said: “The Legal Services Act will change the way in which legal services are delivered in England and Wales and we are looking forward to playing a leading role in the new era.

“We believe that the presence of The Co-operative’s trusted brand and values together with a combination of first class products and services will provide customers with greater accessibility to legal advice and better value for money.

“We are working extremely hard with the Solicitors Regulation Authority in preparation for the introduction of ABSs and we look forward to being licenced so that we can provide a full range of legal services to our members and customers.”

Part of the Co-operative Group, CLS was set up in 2006 and has more than 300 staff utilising Eclipse’s Proclaim Case Management Software system.

CLS offers a range of legal services including: personal injury claims; will writing; probate and estate administration; conveyancing, family and employment law.