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Co-op ABS plans to create thousands of legal jobs

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  • Sounds like really exciting news for the profession and for access to services - especially for those individual consumers who may not have accessed legal services before and who trust the Co-Op brand. Its been said before but this could really shake things up.

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  • As many of the mid-tier firms consolidate and reduce in size could the Coop become a new home for the exiting associates?

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  • It wont be long before the market is dominated by the likes of Co Op and Quality Solicitors. Good news for consumers.

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  • To be honest, I would rather take my chances with Lionel Hutz

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  • Inferior quality legal service no doubt dominated by desperate law graduates being paid a minimum wage. I wonder whether the SRA spoke to Co Op before deciding to scrap the minimum wage for trainees. I highly suspect so.

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  • One of the reasons they are opening more hubs is there are no lawyers within 40 miles of Bristol who either would never consider working there, or who have already worked there and left. Staff turnover was over 200% a year when I left.
    The Co-operative may be "good with food", but they are pretty bad with legal staff.

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  • Consolidate, automate, globalise. Or die.

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  • Some rather starry-eyed comments here apart from the last one. Have near-monopolies been good for consumers in the past? Will consumers be restricted to off-the-peg profitable products rather than the full range of services they may need? I don't know, but I don't share the optimism exhibited by some.

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  • The level of snobbery towards these sorts of announcements never fails to astound me. 3,000 news jobs has to be good for the sector yet all people can talk about is substandard services.
    When it comes to consumer legal services not everyone wants gold plated costs from a lawyer working in premium rent priced offices. Most non-corporate clients want a service they can rely on at a price they can afford.
    The arrival of Quality Solicitors on our TV screens has to benefit the entire profession because it persuades people to change their perceptions of the profession - we are not all no win no fee people.
    As for being based 40 miles outside Bristol, perhaps CLS doesn't want the kind of stuffy lawyers you find in city centres- the people who are there to progress up a lockstep by showing the boss they have squeezed the maximum amount of the client by billing the optimum number of hours.
    What people want is a reliable service, quickly and cheaply.
    Those that are complaining about the economic boost will probably find themselves in the jobs market in a few years because they themselves have failed to adapt to the modern world.

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  • Consolidation (combined with an ever greater use of IT) will inevitably result in the total numbers employed in the legal services sector in the UK falling substantially.

    For each member of staff taken on by Co Op, at least one job will be lost elsewhere in the sector (not, of course, instantaneously though).

    The question is whether the process of consolidation is inevitable. The answer is that if the UK wishes to remain a wealthy nation then it must be able to compete, and unnecessarily high legal fees represent a drag on the overall competitiveness of the whole economy.

    In any case the numbers working in essentially *every* sector of the economy are due to fall massively due to automation. We are going to have far more people than jobs in the future, and need to start asking some fundamental questions about how wealth will be distributed. Fast.

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