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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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  • You'll never get your name on the door there. 3,000 jobs but at what cost?

    Lidl/Aldi to follow suit and before you know it man, Lawyers will be wearing name tags, you heard it here first.

    Denny Crane

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  • Good news. Its about time the legal profession became affordable to millions of people who do not qualify for Legal Aid and who don't earn enough to pay the gross hourly rates of solicitors.

    Reform of the legal profession is long overdue - as recently highlighted in the Telegraph.

    This may not be the answer - but it certainly isn't the problem.

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  • @ Anon | 24-May-2012 3:18 pm

    what utter tosh!

    Is that you Swampy typing away from your tree branch in some condemned forest.

    Spoken like a true sponger.

    I bet the City firms are sh!tting themselves!

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  • Why the obsession about name tags?

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  • As a current employee of the Co-operative Banking Group and studying law, this is fantastic news not only for the legal sector but for the economy.

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  • In my role, I review a lot of work from different law firms and about 60% of what I see is tripe.

    Therefore please welcome another challenger to the market. Who knows, they may even force the other firms to improve?

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  • If you want access for all to legal advice, don't make the law so complex. Unless you work in an area which has been simpified - personal injury, residential conveyancing - or you are involved in a very straightforward transaction it is extremely difficult to provide comprehensive advice for sod all. Its not the legal profession that needs overhauled, it is the manner in which we regulate commercial relationships and liability of wrong-doers. The legal profession has proved to be innovative over the years where it can streamline processes, but there is a limit. The Co-op will no doubt do very well picking up a certain type of legal work and good for them, the law is not there for the lawyers, but it won't get anywhere close to addressing the problems faced by those with complex issues to resolve.

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  • It's one thing to announce you plan to create 3,000 jobs, it's another to achieve it.

    In 2005 Dickinson Dees claimed they planned to "provide a service that is equal to or better than most major City of London law firms." Seven years later and nobody thinks they've achieved it.

    I rest my case.

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  • Dispatches tonight (25/06) on Channel Four should be interesting. As reported in the Sun on Sunday - Co-ops funeral arm have been accussed of poor customer service and unethical behaviour. Only a matter of time until this reaches their legal services?

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  • Funny isn't it how delivering law this way would be substandard, yet many law firms happy to have their IT, HR, Libraries etc delivered by cheap outsourced operations. Blinkered!

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