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The Truth About Tesco Law

April 18, 2010  

After Lord Falconer expressed the opinion that there was a need for more cheap and accessible legal advice, Tesco are now launching their own legal services range, on top of their food, home ware and clothing ranges.

In addition to budget will writing and storage services (already offered elsewhere) the Tesco Legal site will also offer a DIY divorce kit for around eight pounds, which would allow the parties involved to put an end to a marriage without the need for a solicitor or traditional legal advice.

The well known chain is also looking at the possibility of introducing DIY letting agreements and bundles including any form required in order to start a limited company. These packs will be supplemented with a glossary of terms and an online Q&A service, which will help users with the often complex legalise.

Experts have suggested that Tesco Legal Store is the start of things to come and that going forward other high street chains will open their own legal services sections, with some implying there will be an even wider range of services available in this manner, especially after a reform in the rules previously governing law firms.

In July 2009 following the release of a consultation document , lord Falconer hailed the move, dubbed ‘Tesco law’, as a visionary start to many more high street companies offering a new type of legal advice to the public. However the leader of the consultation, David Clementi, said the term ‘Tesco law’ was little more than a media coo and urged experts and the public to not be distracted by the term and deal with the real matter.

However, it does seem that the DIY or high street legal services will appear and increase, possibly leading to a decline in the numbers seeking professional advice from a qualified solicitor, with many experts concerned about the quality of such advice and urging those needing legal advice to stick to traditional methods and reputable legal firms.

However, The Law Society, seem unconcerned about their members seeing a drop in clients, issuing a statement saying they see Tesco Legal as an “innovative addition to the market”.

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