How many staff do you have working for FirstLaw?

How many staff do you have working for FirstLaw?
We already have three qualified lawyers in addition to myself, a manager, a media consultant, a designer, a programmer, and a secretary – and we are growing all the time.

What has the interest been like in FirstLaw since you started operations?
Over 90 leading law firms and 125 clients registered with us in the first few weeks, we generated enthusiastic editorial coverage right across the media. And we have formed powerful alliances with about ten well-known web portals including BTClick.

What does FirstLaw offer its clients?
Free advice from qualified lawyers, a bespoke selection service, choice and value, free case management and protection afforded by Law Society regulation.

What cases have you dealt with since starting up?
A wide range including all manner of civil disputes, internet start-ups, property and business acquisitions and disposals and environmental advice.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of working only through the internet?
The obvious advantage is the internet is the perfect medium for the delivery of legal services – it's instant, interactive and secure.

Who is FirstLaw aimed at?
Everyone – from consumers to multinationals.

Who are the firms you have set up alliances with?
We have nearly seven per cent of all firms in the country with 26 or more partners, including two from the elite group of five known as the Magic Circle (Linklaters and Allen & Overy) plus scores of medium and small firms. Ten per cent of our registered firms practise in foreign jurisdictions.

Do clients contact you only through the web or do you have a telephone or face to face service?
We have telephone, fax and email telecommunication lines just like any other law firm, as well as modern offices in the heart of legal London with fully serviced conferencing facilities. Clients usually make initial contact through the web site, but thereafter we revert to traditional face-to-face methods whenever possible.

How are you regulated by the Law Society?
FirstLaw is a fully constituted web-based law firm so is automatically subject to regulation. The Law Society acknowledge that FirstLaw was the first and is still the only internet law firm registered with them.

Does FirstLaw Cost anything?
The service we offer will always be totally free to clients.

How is your website secure?
We use the latest encryption technology. We employ professional IT consultants to ensure that the levels of security we achieve are comparable to other security conscious industries operating on the Internet such as banks.

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