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BPE Solicitors, Cheltenham: Deregulation forces legal profession rethink

PUBLISHED: 18:12 27 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:01 20 February 2013

BPE Solicitors, Cheltenham: Deregulation forces legal profession rethink

BPE Solicitors, Cheltenham: Deregulation forces legal profession rethink

Times are changing in the world of BPE...

Legal services are under attack. The paring down of legal aid as a result of government cuts is reducing access to justice, and widespread deregulation of legal services in the UK colloquially, known as Tesco Law (because it makes buying legal services as simple as buying a tin of beans) means attitudes and access to the law are being challenged.

You may think that being able to purchase legal services without a trip to a firm of solicitors is a good thing. Think again. We always get what we pay for and legal services are no different. Its this deregulation in an already challenging economic climate that is shaking up the legal profession and some more traditional legal practices will not survive indeed, have already gone to the wall. Others, such as Cheltenham based BPE Solicitors anticipated the change years ago and are rising to the challenge.

BPE was one of the leading providers of family law in Gloucestershire in the 1980s. Since then, capitalising on the UKs economic growth, the firm concentrated on commercial work, earning a reputation for fast talking, fast thinking lawyers who know the value of close working relationships with their clients, including Mears, Supergroup and Interserve, and many of the regions leading entrepreneurial businesses.

These businesses have owners, managers and employees who have been calling for BPE to provide legal advice on personal matters. Having developed a trusted relationship with BPEs commercial team, they want the firms help and support to navigate what is often a minefield when a marriage breaks down.

To deliver this service, BPE has recruited Elizabeth Saunders to grow its Family Department. Liz joined from her most recent role as a partner in a well respected Cirencester practice. During her early career she undertook legal aid cases, including domestic violence. There wasnt much law involved in many cases, it was more about providing emotional and practical support, but I learnt how important that is and how it can make a situation easier to bear, she said. Its a lesson Ive never forgotten and this is why BPE attracted me as a firm. They understand that the client comes first.

At BPE, Liz will provide legal expertise on all issues arising on family breakdown, whether financial or child related. Liz is experienced in handling complicated problems including company affairs, property, family trusts and pensions.

BPE is used to delivering for its commercial clients and Liz will adopt the same formula to set the Family Department apart from others across the Cotswolds. Historically, in many traditional legal practices, clients havent received value for money, she said. Lawyers need to be more pro-active about finding practical solutions. We find out what our clients want and its my job to deliver, as cost effectively and quickly as possible.

Liz is a member and accredited specialist of the family law association Resolution, which encourages family lawyers to find alternatives to court. Resolution promotes a less adversarial approach. She is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer, expert at negotiating results, but if negotiation is unsuccessful then Liz will deliver the most positive outcome through court action.

BPEs Managing Partner, John Workman, commented Liz is a live wire. She is very much one of us and completes the set for providing high value private client services in our markets.

BPE Solicitors LLP

St James' House, St James' Square, Cheltenham, GL50 3PR

Tel: 01242 224433


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