Co-op Legal Services

Co-operative Legal Services Ltd.
Subsidiary undertaking
Industry Legal services
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Manchester,
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Matt Howells
(Managing Director)
Caoilionn Hurley
(Finance Director)
Tracey Moloney
(Head of Family Law)
Sarah Ryan
(Head of Conveyancing)
James Antoniou
(Head of Wills)
Anthony Wilson
(Head of Personal Injury)
Ian Powell
(Marketing & BD Director)
James Barron
(Head of IT)
Suzi Keenan
(Head of Probate Advisory & Consultancy)
Robert Heaton
(Head of Probate Operations) [1]
Number of employees
300 (approx.)[2]
Parent The Co-operative Group

Co-op Legal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Co-operative Group in the United Kingdom.[3] It was established in 2006 and has its head office in Manchester, with operations centres in Almondsbury, Bristol and Paddington, West London.


Co-op Legal Services was founded in 2006.[4]

In March 2012, Co-op Legal Services became one of the first three organisations [5] and the first major consumer brand [6] to receive approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to become an "alternative business structure", allowing it to offer a range of legal services which were previously only allowed to be offered by solicitor's firms.[2][4]

In May 2012, Co-op Legal Services announced plans to establish five regional hubs across England, and to hire 3,000 additional staff over the following five years.[7][8]

In September 2012, Co-op Legal Services launched a family law service offering fixed fees for services including child protection, divorce, financial issues and mediation.[9]


The writing of wills, probate and estate administration are all undertaken by Co-operative Legal Services Ltd, a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group Limited, trading as Co-op Legal Services.[10] Members of The Co-operative Group are entitled to earn dividend on wills and conveyancing and qualify for advice on many other aspects of the law free of charge.[11] Personal injury or probate does not qualify for a share in the profits.

Co-op Legal Services is headquartered in Manchester and has its main operations facility in Almondsbury Bristol, where it employs around 500 staff and a further office in Paddington, West London with 40 staff.[7]


Co-op Legal Services offers the following services:[12]


  1. "Register of licensed bodies (ABS): Co-operative Legal Services Limited". Solicitors Regulation Authority. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Wait for ABSs is over: Tesco law is here". The Guardian. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. Registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 1985, No. 5671209
  4. 1 2 "Co-op Legal Services first to launch as an ABS". The Lawyer. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  5. John Hyde (28 March 2012). "ABS trailblazers revealed". Law Society Gazette. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  7. 1 2 "Co-op to hire 3,000 lawyers in challenge to high street solicitors". The Guardian. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  8. "Co-op to create 3,000 new legal jobs across England". BBC News. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  9. "Co-op pledges "no nasty surprises" as it launches fixed-fee family law operation". The Lawyer. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  10. Registered in England and Wales under the Companies Act 1985, No. 6323818
  11. The Co-operative Membership Co-op Legal Services (retrieved 20 August 2009)
  12. "Home". Co-operative Legal Services. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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