The way in which consumer legal services are provided is changing. The Co-operative Legal Services is one of the pioneers.
Ready for the future
Traditionally, only firms of solicitor have been able to offer legal services to consumers. However, in 2011 changes will be introduced allowing greater competition in the legal market place and enabling Alternative Business Structures (ABS) to offer legal services to consumers.
We can already provide many of these legal services ahead of the legislative change, and we hope to become one of the first newly licensed ABS bodies. This provides The Co-operative Legal Services with a valuable competitive advantage when other organisations decide to enter the market and become an ABS.
Why we're different
We have embedded best legal practice, we employ a large team and are proud of our rigorous professional standards.
You will be working in an environment that encourages collaboration and team work. This “team” ethos encourages a refreshingly inclusive, status-free structure, which enables informal but effective communication at all levels of the organisation. Unlike most law firms, we do not have partners. Instead, we have Managers, who are responsible for their team or department and who are accountable to the business for their own and their team’s performance.
As part of The Co-operative Group, the same values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity are also very much part of our ethos. These values make us what we are, and they are important. And that is why they form part of our recruitment process.
If you are looking for a career in Legal Services, two of the most important qualities we look for are:
Our whole focus is firmly on the customer from the moment they first contact us. You will need to share our passion.
Our business is expanding and changing, so we need people who can respond positively and adapt quickly to new situations and opportunities. We also want people who can contribute ideas and suggestions that may help to shape how we grow.
Our business is fast-moving and is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our customers, so we are keen to make sure our working culture can accommodate our customer