Since the introduction of Tribunal Fees of circa £1200 per case in July 2013, it has since been reported that the volume of unfair dismissal claims issued at Tribunal has fallen by as much as 55%. Frankly, given our experience on the ground, we have found that people are simply put off by the prospect of having to pay such fees such that they decide not to pursue good claims at all. So much for access to justice. Let’s hope the Government re-think this inherently unfair policy. I am sure they will be the first to admit that  55% of Claimant’s can’t all have weak or spurious claims. If the policy was introduced to save money, then I strongly doubt the extra fee revenue from the falling numbers of claims has even come close to covering the admin costs of setting up the new system to deal with costs and remissions. With that level of claim reduction, it must follow there will be significant redundancies of admin staff in the Tribunal Service, Employment Judges and Employment Solicitors alike.


14 January 2014

Most comprehensive legal comparison website is launched

A new, user friendly ’find and rate’ comparison website for legal firms has launched in theUK. is a one-stop portal where firms can create a detailed online profile for their business and their individual solicitors – an online industry first.

Enabling customers to find, rate and review firms and their legal representatives, the site is an invaluable resource for solicitors facing increasingly tough market challenges following changes in the legal sector. With the introduction of Alternative Business Structures (where non-lawyers can own law firms), reforms to legal aid and the ban on referral fees, provides a different marketing opportunity, allowing firms to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

Dean Morris, creator of and a practising solicitor himself, explains: “ is the latest and most comprehensive legal rate and review portal. Members of the public are able to search for firms and solicitors according to their specialism and location. This enables them to make an informed choice based on firm and individuals’ profiles, reviews and ratings.”

Joining couldn’t be easier. The majority ofUKfirms have already been provided with a basic listing which they can ‘claim’ with a simple click. From there a listing can be upgraded to include enhanced firm and individual solicitor profiles. Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors LLP, a leading firm in the North, has already taken advantage of the opportunity to sign up for a premium account to showcase its firm and fee-earners.

Chris Allen, managing partner at Blacks, says: “There is definitely a gap on the market for a service like this. Consumer buying behaviours are changing and the legal profession needs to stay ahead of this. Like anything, consumers head straight to the internet to research a product for service and the same applies to seeking legal advice. We’ve placed a lot of emphasis on delivering high-quality customer care. So it will be a great resource for potential customers to find what they’re looking for.”

Legal practitioners across theUKare encouraged to enhance their reputation and grow their business by becoming members of The website offers a host of services enabling solicitors to give a detailed insight into their business and areas of specialism to potential customers. Innovative features include ‘Meet the Team’ and an opportunity to add firm logos and fee earner profiles. Members will also have the opportunity to add blog posts, make law guide contributions and to respond to both user questions and to ratings left for their firm or individual fee earners – ultimately improving their accessibility to potential clients.

The launch of also coincides with advice from the Legal Ombudsman that the public should select their lawyer based on word of mouth or personal recommendations. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has also stressed the importance of empowering consumers with information to assist them in choosing the right solicitor – does precisely this.

Dean Morris concludes: “Law firms risk being left behind in an increasingly competitive legal market if they don’t promote themselves and their brand. There is no other legal rate and review website quite like It provides a platform to showcase both firms and individual solicitors and offers a high level of detail. I urge both fee earners and firms to become premium members and benefit from personalised online exposure and the opportunity to develop client leads.”

Solicitors, law firms and other legal service providers interested in joining, should visit for more information about membership levels ranging from basic (at no cost) to premium memberships starting at £75 per month plus vat.

Notes is a brand new, easy to use, consumer website allowing members of the public to search for solicitors and see how others have rated them.

It includes being able to find a solicitor by location, specialism and rating plus the facility to ask for a quote and seek legal advice. Consumers can also rate a solicitor themselves for anyone to view.

For solicitors, the website allows them to bring reviews from other websites and post blogs. Membership levels range from basic to platinum. Depending on the packages solicitors can add logos, photos, ’Meet the team’ profiles and much more.

Useful links
Rated Solicitors –

Twitter: @RatedSolicitors



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Piers Roache
Red Marlin
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