THE legal services matchmaker, LawBid.co.uk, has made a breakthrough win for Innovation at the Law Society in Birmingham Awards.
LawBid, the intuitive service that helps clients reach solicitors and get the help they need, and helps solicitors grow their businesses, has won the Innovation Category at the Law Society in Birmingham Awards (Thursday, 8 March).
The award recognises the growing contribution LawBid.co.uk has made in making legal services more accessible and more affordable to the public, while making it possible for legal firms to cost-effectively grow their own businesses.
The LawBid.co.uk platform also addresses the widely-recognised need for digital engagement in the legal services sector.
Kid Harwood, the Manchester-based solicitor who founded LawBid.co.uk, said the award was the proof that, as a business sector, the legal services professions were moving further into the digital age.
“Only by embracing new technology, and new, consumer-friendly routes to market, will the internationally trusted and respected British legal profession maintain it’s leading position in the global marketplace,” said Kid Harwood.
“LawBid.co.uk is a platform that works for both consumers and for businesses, and it works across borders too. Simply put, LawBid.co.uk could be the world-wide standard for engaging legal services, and opens up that worldwide market to British legal firms in ways that have not previously been easily or cost effectively available.”
The Innovation Award came as the Birmingham Law Society celebrated its bicentenary in front of more than 550 people at the city’s International Convention Centre.
Solicitors and clients can both access the LawBid securely and confidentially simply by visiting www.LawBid.co.uk.
IMAGE: Kid Harwood (centre) receives the Innovation Award, accompanied by ITV’s Emma Jesson, the Awards host; and by James Turner, vice president of the Society.
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Notes to editors:
LawBid.co.uk, is an online service that seamlessly matches clients with a panel of solicitors, allowing clients to state their case easily and allowing solicitors to respond in a secure and confidential environment. Both sides are free to discuss needs and quote fees before making any commitments. Firms all over the UK are already using LawBid.co.uk to better serve existing and new clients in all areas of legal expertise.
LawBid answers concerns over lack of digital engagement in the legal professions, raised in reports from both the Law Society and the Competition & Markets Authority, which both 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, was developed by Kid Harwood, a practicing solicitor and director at Wildings in Birmingham and Manchester. The LawBid.co.uk platform however works under any national or international legal framework.
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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