A high street firm today announced its intention to take on US brands offering legal services online in the UK.
Taylor Rose Law, which has offices in Peterborough and London, has created a dedicated website offering consumers up to 30 online legal services, covering wills, employment and property matters.
The move has echoes of services offered by US legal platforms LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have built huge brand recognition in America and have now set their sights on expansion in the UK.
Taylor Rose Law says it is the first registered UK law firm to create this type of platform with contact from qualified professionals.
The website provides fully automated document generation, harvesting necessary information through a series of question routines that respond to the circumstances of the individual.
Once payment is made, the documents are instantly created and emailed.
Documents cost typically £5-£45, depending on their complexity, the firm said. Customers will also have the opportunity to subscribe to a fixed monthly charge and access and store documents for free.
In a statement, Taylor Rose said it intends to be a ‘major supplier’ of online legal documents alongside US competitors.
Partner Adrian Jaggard (pictured) said: ‘Whilst online documents far from suit every legal requirement, they have a hugely important place in routine matters and deliver solutions very quickly and economically.
‘As more consumers use online solutions with satisfaction, their popularity will explode in the UK as it has done in the US.’
The TRL website provides the opportunity to ask brief Twitter-style legal questions directly of its solicitors, generating a free response within two working days.
The firm wants to expand the range of online legal services to 60 products by the end of the first quarter of 2014, and 150 products by the end of the year.
Rocket Lawyer has been active in the UK since 2012 and created 200,000 files online in the first full year of operating in this country. Later this year the company is due to take an app to market that answers queries made in up to 600 characters.
LegalZoom has yet to offer services in the UK but earlier this month European private equity firm Permira announced a £122m investment to become its largest shareholder and fund expansion.