A website that introduces clients to solicitors and public access barristers along the lines of services set up to source tradespeople is ready to go live this autumn.
MrLawyer.co.uk is the brainchild of London barrister Jasvir Degun (pictured, right) and two of his friends, property developer Param Singh (pictured, left) and management consultant Onkar Khalsa. Degun said that the site is designed from the perspective of the lay client and is similar to the website RatePeople.com used to find local tradespeople.
Prospective clients enter brief details of their problem and lawyer members then contact them quoting a price for different stages of the case or for the complete job in a format similar to that of a client care letter, Degun said. The site is free for the public to use. Lawyers will pay either £5 per case or 2.5% of the quoted price.
MrLawyer is the latest of a growing number of websites set up to link clients to lawyers, following Comparelegalcosts.com, Contactlaw.co.uk, lawcomparison.co.uk, lawyerlocator.co.uk and Wigster.com.
The founders said they came up with the idea because of problems that they had experienced finding solicitors when buying their homes. Degun said: ‘We realised that the old-fashioned idea of having a family solicitor had all but disappeared from British society and that word-of-mouth recommendations had been replaced by reliance upon the internet.’