The UK-wide innovative LawBid.co.uk digital legal matchmaking service has caught the imagination of another awards panel, this time in Manchester.
LawBid.co.uk, the online service that seamlessly matches clients with a panel of solicitors, has been shortlisted for Law Firm Innovation at the Manchester Legal Awards 2019. Now firmly established on the legal calendar and in its 10th year, the Manchester Law Society and Manchester Evening News have teamed up to recognise and reward the wide range skills and talent that the region has to offer.
Having launched in 2016, LawBid.co.uk has received a string of plaudits throughout 2017 and 2018, culminating in the prestigious award for Excellence in Technology and Innovation at the national Law Society Excellence Awards at the end of 2018. This recent shortlisting is the first nomination of the year for the service.
The award shortlisting reinforces the message coming out of reports from both the Law Society and the Competition & Markets Authority, which both identified a need for a better way for solicitors to make first contact with clients, and for better price transparency to stimulate growth in the legal sector.
LawBid.co.uk, was developed by Kid Harwood, a practicing solicitor and director at Wildings in Birmingham and Manchester. It’s under that firm’s membership of the Society that the LawBid innovation is entered.
Allowing clients and law firms to connect securely and transparently online, firms all over the UK are already using LawBid.co.uk to better serve clients in all areas of legal expertise. The service now has over 1600 firms registered nationwide.
There is growing agreement within the sector that the future of the legal industry is tech led. Legal tech is already shaping legal practices and helping solicitors provide a more efficient and cost effective service to today’s clients with a growing appetite for more accessible online legal services.
Manchester is becoming something of a legal IT hub with a number of lawtech initiatives launched last year by firms embracing innovation in the city, notably in collaboration with Manchester Universities, combining research expertise and industry awareness to establish improved service provision within the legal sector.
Kid Harwood said the nomination recognised the growing contribution LawBid is making to bringing digital presence into the legal profession. LawBid provides multiple benefits for clients; firstly its quick and easy to use and the platform is accessible 24 hours a day for client’s convenience. Uniquely LawBid provides unrivalled choice for consumers, clients can receive instant responses from multiple solicitors providing bespoke quotations in one convenient location making it considerably easier for potential clients to engage with solicitors and get the help they need.
He said: “Over the past few years, price transparency has been an issue repeatedly identified by the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Competition & Markets Authority.
“As a solicitor, I know the difficulty that firms have publishing prices upfront. With LawBid, instead of giving one-size-fits-all prices, firms are able to review a potential client’s requirements and provide a quote on a case by case basis. This gives the consumer the choice and transparency they need without making life difficult for solicitors.”
The Awards will be presented on Thursday 7 March 2019 at a glamorous and glittering black-tie dinner at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. Kid Harwood said: “We are delighted to be nominated for our work and to have the chance to shine in front of some of the best and brightest from the legal sector.”
Both solicitors and clients can access LawBid securely and confidentially by simply visiting www.lawbid.co.uk.
Left: Christina Blacklaws: President The Law Society of England & Wales
Right: Kid Harwood; Founder of LawBid