LOCAL HIGH STREET SOLICITORS UNDER THREAT Thursday 22 May 2008 PDF Print Clarity Connections has launched today to offer a new nationwide networking referral solution for small to medium sized law firms who are finding it harder to compete in the fiercely competitive legal environment. The scheme enables law firms to pass on work to other panel members and in return receive a referral fee. Furthermore firms will be provided with the ability to receive new work as a panel member. This unique service will enable firms to generate risk free income and retain a competitive edge ensuring that local law firm can continue to service local people providing much needed access to justice. The legal environment has become a highly competitive market with larger law firms and non-legal companies investing heavily in advertising. Referral fees have also added to the problem, as often the costs of capturing new work is too expensive and panel membership restricts the opportunity for new business even further. The result has been that larger competitors have gained greater market share which is leading to the demise of the local high street solicitor. Stephen Allen, Director of Clarity Connections explains, “With smaller law firms often only specialing in certain areas of law, it can be the case that when approached by either existing clients or new clients, some are turned away as they are requesting advice on matters outside their area of speciality. This results in lost opportunities and income and, possibly, the loss of the client all together. Clarity Connections aims to provide these firms with the ability to refer and receive work to generate risk free income, without any additional panel membership or advertising fees.” Clarity provides firms with the ability to provide cases which they are unable to action to another panel firm under a ‘no poach’ agreement which ensures the referring firm retain the client. The referring firm will also receive a referral fee enabling them to earn an income from the cases they refer. In addition to providing a work swap facility clarity will also be advertising nationally the services of its members and therefore generating work itself for referral onto its local panel firms. The scheme will be simple and easy to use with both web and telephone based referral services. Once a client is referred in Clarity will ensure the client receives the legal support they need and will manage the relationship as required between all parties. “Without a service like Clarity Connections, we could see the smaller operators in the sector being pushed out by the big players. It’s important that smaller law firms don’t lose out on potential business just because they don’t have a system in place to refer and receive work. They have an important role to play in the sector, as there’s always going to be demand from consumers who want a personalised service and a solicitor who holds a breadth of local knowledge, which can be highly valuable for some cases. We’re certain this service will give smaller firms a competitive edge in order to compete in a burgeoning sector.” - Ends – Notes to editor: Clarity Connections is a trading name of Clarity Legal Limited, both have been established to support the small to medium law firm and to empower clients to find the most able lawyer to assist them with their case. For more details please see: www.clarityconnections.co.uk and www.clarity-legal.com Rachel Lear / Hallane Hill Ascent PR T: 0118 988 0501 E: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Ascent PR in the following categories: Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.