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Australian subscription law firm opens in UK | New

An Australian company operating on a fixed cost membership model for business customers has opened operations in the UK.

LegalVision began operations from its Manchester office last week, claiming to be the industry’s first provider offering access to unlimited, on-demand legal services.

The company has a team of around 20 people in the UK, but aims to quadruple that team in the first year, to reflect similar growth at home.

Lachlan McKnight, who co-founded the firm in Sydney in 2012, said the subscription service gives clients regular access to a team of specialist lawyers while guaranteeing costs for business owner clients.

The member platform allows consumers to book a consultation, request legal assistance, and download documents and templates. Services include commercial contracts, intellectual property, employment, corporate sales, data and privacy law, franchising and leasing.

McKnight said the business had grown 40% year-on-year and was ripe for exporting to that country. “The UK market is three times the size of Australia and there are very few technology-driven, client-centric legal service providers,” he said. “Being the only business operating on a membership model, we can provide an exclusive and valuable service to businesses.”

He said growth in existing markets has exceeded expectations “and with the way the world has changed post-Covid, we think now is the perfect time to launch in the UK.”

McKnight was previously a banking and finance lawyer at Norton Rose and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and an investment banker at Barclays Capital.

Subscription fees range from £49 to £329 per week, depending on company size and contract length. The company’s website compares the price with some traditional companies charging over £500 an hour for a consultation

LegalVision’s Manchester office is in the Express Building on Great Ancoats Street, with a London office available by appointment. It also has offices in Sydney and Auckland.