Only 184 solicitors to serve all of Bromley’s 309,218 residents*
- Of those, only 71 are qualified to provide Family Law services such as divorce and child custody
- A new free online tool has launched to help Londoners find local, affordable, highly quality expert support
Residents of Bromley face a legal services shortage, new research from MyLegalAdviser finds today. The study shows that there is approximately 1 solicitor for every 1,681 residents in the borough, meaning that families may need to venture miles from home to get support.
For urgent legal support services – such as divorce and child custody – the figures are worse with only 71 solicitors for 309,218 residents. This is a ratio of 1 solicitor for every 4,355 people in the Bromley borough.
This scarcity may mean residents are forced to take the nearest solicitor who is available regardless of their service quality and experience. With limited information and reviews, residents may end up being overcharged or paying thousands of pounds for inadequate advice and service.
To support residents across London, a free tool has launched to help consumers find high quality legal support in their local area. MyLegalAdviser, which covers the majority of legal services including wills, probate, family law and employment law, lets consumers find affordable, available and highly recommended legal representation in their area within hours.
Alex Boothman, CEO of MyLegalAdviser, commented, “Whether you’ve never used a lawyer before or you use them all the time, finding legal support can be daunting. There are so many different types of lawyer out there that it’s difficult to know what you need. At the most stressful of times – divorce, property purchase, loss of a loved one – you need the best legal support there is. With MyLegalAdviser, we cut out the hours of searching online and provide transparency on legal costs and ratings, making a very difficult situation a little easier for those involved.”
Users post a job for free on MyLegalAdviser.co.uk and within seconds the site matches them with hand-picked and rated experts who can help. They can review quotes, profiles and ratings to find the lawyers they like and shortlist them with a click to be put in touch. Because the lawyers are competing for their business, users save an average of 44% on legal fees versus going direct.
Mary and Richard Bell from South London used the service last month to find support to sell their property, “When we lost a relative last year, it took weeks to find a suitable solicitor to help us. We’re now in the process of moving house and wished to avoid a similar ordeal. Fortunately, within four hours, MyLegalAdviser provided us with eight quotes from local solicitors who were all available to start immediately and the solicitor we chose was brilliant.”
Of the 33 London boroughs, Bromley ranked 13th for resident to solicitor ratio, just behind Haringey and Merton. City of London ranked 1st with 613 solicitors for 7,375 residents.
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