I'll have a loaf of bread, milk and a Will please!

Katie Hughes, Solicitor

Katie Hughes, Commercial Law Solicitor with AMD Solicitors considers the radical changes expected to the provision of legal services.

The creation of alternative business structures (ABS’s) by the Legal Services Act 2007 will mean that regulated legal services previously reserved only to lawyers can soon be provided by other types of businesses. Calling into your supermarket for legal services may therefore become a reality!

It may be seen to be convenient to buy legal services with your weekly shop, especially with time appearing a scarce resource nowadays but with legal transactions taking longer than the time it takes to do a weekly shop what other factors should be considered important when choosing where to buy your legal services?

Price! Big businesses will no doubt offer budget prices and other compelling incentives because of the economies of scale only they can achieve. With budget prices, however, there is often a compromise and all too often the compromise is quality.

Location! In these days of e-commerce with location seemingly less important, buying locally, particularly in the context of legal services, will provide the opportunity to visit your solicitor at their office without travelling many miles.

Inevitably we will see the face of our high streets change as we have over the last few decades with the reduction of butchers, greengrocers and other specialist providers from our high street, replaced by out of town supermarkets who are able to offer a “one stop shop”. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that those independent specialist businesses that remain do so because by and large they are experts in what they provide, offering quality local products and a customer focussed service.

AMD Solicitors offer a wide range of legal services for both individuals and businesses. To learn more about our range of services and to keep up to date with our latest news and events call into one of our 4 offices or visit our new website www.amdsolicitors.com.

AMD Solicitors are the winners of the Local Law Firm of the Year award 2011.

Katie and the other members of the Commercial Team can offer advice and information upon legal issues for businesses (including a free first half hour consultation). E-mail commercial@amdsolicitors.com or telephone 0117 9738205. AMD have offices at Henleaze, Shirehampton and Clifton.

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