Why do we distrust Lawyers?Have you ever felt a lawyer giving you the once over assessing your billing potential, to have your suspicions confirmed when perusing the eye-watering invoice. Or your lawyer moving at a pace that made a snail look like Usain Bolt? Have you ever felt that lawyers almost deliberately use English which nobody else understands and which doesn't reflect the modern realities of your business? Has dealing with a lawyer ever made you feel small or untrusting? Have you ever been charged fees for a document which you are sure was a precedent which the law firm already had? If so you are not alone, in fact there are quite a few of you.
The law as an alien languageMany of you find that contracts are written in an alien language which you don't understand. Consequently, over half of all Small companies according to recent research don’t use lawyers as a result, and those that do are often wary, untrusting and resentful of the cost and unwelcoming way that they are treated.
Businesses vulnerable without the right legal protectionBut without the right legal protection, legal frameworks and protocols in place, a thriving business can be vulnerable in a multiplicity of ways – losing out on margins, profits or exit values. There are over four million small companies in the UK and they make up over 99 percent of all UK companies, so that's a pretty big group of people to leave out! However during my 30 years of experience as a lawyer I've noticed that lawyers generally like to focus on larger clients paying bigger fees. They also prefer to deliver complicated, long-winded advice - the exact opposite of the kind of practical, speedy help needed by small companies.
So what if...The question I asked was so what if companies could access legal contracts in a way which is simple to understand, affordable, welcoming and trustworthy? Welcome to LawBite... LawBite has been created based on these insights and the what if question. We have developed a collection of plain English, simple contracts that are affordable and easy to use. We have placed these on our platform along with a set of customer friendly software tools so that you can easily edit, share, sign and store your documents online. We have wrapped a virtual Law firm around this offering so that if you like the idea of simple, affordable contracts but you need a bit of help, then cost effective and friendly advice is available at the touch of a button, whether you need to finalise a contract, negotiate or sort out a dispute. You agree a quote with your LawBite lawyer before anything happens and then we stick to it.
Highest possible standardsNone of this is achieved by compromising on the standards of reassurance and safety which we know all clients expect from their lawyers. We are properly insured and regulated like any other law firm. We deliberately choose experienced lawyers as our LawBriefs, who understand our mission, but have the expertise to look after our clients safely. We have our own Manifesto which defines our purpose and passion and which is our promise to you. It sums up what we do and how we do it. Here are our pledges:
The LawBite Manifesto*We believe the Law is for everybody *We keep small companies safe and sound at a price they can afford *We put value to clients first, not value to lawyers *We believe everybody has the right to understand the legal documents they sign *We restore trust in the Law.
A big hand to small companiesThese are not just empty slogans. We really believe in this Manifesto and want to provide a big hand to small companies. We aim to live these values and engage continuously with our clients so that LawBite is a dynamic and responsive offering.
We will listen, we are flexible and adaptable to customer needsDoes that sound different? We hope so. If it sounds like the law firm of the future, a law firm you would actually enjoy dealing with, then we invite you sample the website's offerings: - Create your LawBite account today. - Free enquiry- ask our lawyers any business law related question. - Browse LawBite’s plain English documents. - Upload your own business document for checking and e-signing. Journey further...
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