Co-operative Group to launch family law division

The Co-operative Group today unveiled plans to launch a family law division as it looks to take advantage of deregulation of the sector brought about by the Legal Services Act.

Co-operative Legal Services has recruited three lawyers from London-based firm TV Edwards – managing partner Jenny Beck, partner Christina Blacklaws and head of business development and strategy Chris May – to lead the division. The launch is dependent on CLS obtaining a licence from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Martyn Wates, deputy group chief executive of The Co-operative Group, said: “The Legal Services Act will change the way in which legal services are delivered in England and Wales.

“We believe that the presence of The Co-operative’s trusted brand and values in the market place, together with a combination of first class products and services, will provide customers with greater accessibility to legal advice and better value for money.”

Jenny, who has more than 20 years’ family law experience and specialises in complex cases concerning children, said: “The Co-operative’s socially responsible and ethical approach is totally aligned with our own and we are delighted to have this opportunity to bring their shared values and principles to the practice of family law.

“The Co-operative is a trusted brand and will be a trusted adviser.

“In doing so, we will aim to secure access to justice for all at a time when public funded services are contracting.”

CLS was established in 2006 and currently employs more than 400 staff delivering personal injury, will writing, probate and estate administration, conveyancing and employment services.

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