LawBid.co.uk, the online service that seamlessly matches clients with a panel of solicitors, has been Highly Commended by the Law Society of England and Wales at their recent Excellence Awards 2017 in London for ‘challenging convention and creating greater added value’.
The award, in the Business Development category, comes after reports from both the Law Society and the Competition & Markets Authority identified a need for a better way for solicitors to make first contact with clients, and for better price transparency to stimulate growth in the legal sector.
LawBid.co.uk, developed by Kid Harwood, a practicing solicitor and director at Wildings in Birmingham and Manchester, provides a legal matchmaking service, allowing clients and law firms to connect securely and transparently online.
Firms all over the UK are already using LawBid.co.uk to better serve existing and new clients in all areas of legal expertise.
Kid Harwood said the commendation recognised the contribution LawBid is making to bringing digital presence into the legal profession.
The service makes it easier for more potential clients to engage with the legal advice they need.
He said: “Over the past few years, price transparency has been an issue repeatedly identified by the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Competition & Markets Authority. However, as a solicitor, I know the difficulty that firms have publishing prices upfront.
“With LawBid, instead of giving one-size-fits-all prices, firms are able to review a potential client’s requirements and provide a quote on a case by case basis. This gives the consumer the choice and transparency they need without making life difficult for solicitors.”
Joe Egan, president of the Law Society of England and Wales, said there had been a record number of nominations for the awards. He said: “Solicitors from every corner of the land were represented, which shows the breadth of quality throughout the profession.”
Allowing solicitors to agree on fees with potential clients on a case by case basis, LawBid was created to address the price transparency issues that the legal sector faces whilst avoiding the pitfalls of price comparison websites.
At the Law Society Excellence Awards, LawBid was recognised by the judges as an example of a forward-thinking initiative that benefits the everyday consumer while also growing business for solicitors in all specialisms of practice.
Concluding, Kid Harwood said: “We are delighted to be commended for our work and to have the chance to meet some of the best and brightest from the legal sector.”
Notes to editors:
Presenter, Mishal Husain, congratulates Kid Harwood for the high commendation achieved by LawBid at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2017 at London’s Hilton on Park Lane, Thursday 19 October.
Solicitors and clients can both access the LawBid securely and confidentially by simply visiting www.LawBid.co.uk.
CMA Legal services market study, published 15 Dec 2016, highlighting the need for price transparency https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5887374d40f0b6593700001a/legal-services-market-study-final-report.pdf
Law Society of England and Wales report, seeking to address lack of digital engagement with potential clients: The future of legal services, published 28 Jan 2016 http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/News/Stories/Future-of-legal-services/
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