Quality Solicitors founder Craig Holt, now with LegalZoom, is to launch LegalZoom next month as an ABS licensed by the SRA to provide online reserved legal activities. It is already recognised in the US as a provider of over 2 million on-line legal documents and has attracted a £122 million investment from the private equity firm Permira. This may alter the way in which legal services are delivered in the UK, particularly conveyancing, wills and other vanilla services. The UK legal landscape is slowly changing.
The company is already one of the best-known legal brands in the US. It says it has prepared more than 2 million legal documents such as wills and living trusts online.It has already announced a partnership with law firm network QualitySolicitors and last month recruited QS founder Craig Holt (pictured) to lead its UK operation.‘An ABS provides broader freedom in how we work with lawyers, and we expect increasing levels of partnership in the US and the UK.’ said Holt. ‘By offering innovative legal solutions and a customer-focused experience, LegalZoom hopes to have a meaningful impact on the existing gap in access to legal services and the way legal help is delivered in the UK.’