Ubique Legal aiming to break the mould of legal profession after securing first premises through John Truslove.
A radical new legal practice is combining the law and technology from its base at offices in Redditch, secured through commercial property agents John Truslove.
The growing use of new technology in legal services – known as lawtech – has accelerated vastly over the past year, with so many working from home during the pandemic.
But Aled Evans, founder of Ubique Legal (www.ubiquelegal.co.uk), believes that as well as convenience it offers clients greater transparency and flexibility, so he has made it the basis of his new practice.
The 34-year-old former Major, who qualified as a solicitor before serving in the British Army, is aiming to provide a growing range of specialist legal solutions through his new firm so needed a base with room for expansion.
“We got in touch with commercial property agents John Truslove. Ian Parker at John Truslove knows all there is to know about the local commercial property market, and they have a wide range of offices on their books.
“Our offices at Clive House in Redditch are ideal for our purposes at the moment but provide flexibility and the space for us to expand as our practice grows.”
He had worked for an international energy company after leaving the Army last year but always wanted to run his own business.
Initially Aled has recruited wife Lara to help as office manager alongside caring for their three-year-old son. As well as preparing to take their legal practice live this year the family has been recovering from a bout of Covid-19 in November.
“It was rough at the time but we have come through it OK,” said Aled.
“It’s tremendously exciting at the moment. New technology can revolutionise the way people access the law, making it easier, providing more clarity and importantly making it more affordable.
“For instance, our first service – www.landlordsolicitors.com – offers fixed prices. It provides a fast and affordable service for landlords who need help with regaining possession of their property, removing squatters and/or trespassers or undertaking debt recovery action.
“And we are preparing to launch a further service for corporate clients; smaller companies that don’t need a full-time lawyer but may need legal advice and assistance from time to time. It is all about convenience and clarity – that is what technology allows us to provide.”
The growth of the lawtech sector is underlined by research for the TechNation growth platform which predicts the growing use of technology could more than double productivity and reduce the costs of legal services to UK business users by £350 million by 2030.
Meanwhile, as if launching a new law firm wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Aled is also standing as a Conservative candidate in the upcoming Worcestershire county and Redditch borough elections in May.
Ian Parker, joint managing director at John Truslove, helped Aled and Ubique Legal secure 321 sq ft of offices at 5 Clive House, British Mills, on Prospect Hill in Redditch.
He said: “Ubique Legal is an exciting new venture being run with drive and imagination. We were delighted to help the firm find its first offices and I am sure it will be the beginning of a long relationship as it grows.
“Here at John Truslove. we understand the needs of new and growing businesses and our unrivalled knowledge of the local property market means we are always in a position to match the right tenant with the right premises and the right landlord.”
Redditch-based chartered surveyors and valuers John Truslove was recently named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.
Joint managing director Ian Parker was also named Worcestershire Dealmaker of the Year AND Warwickshire Dealmaker of the Year for 2020. The survey year, which runs from August to August, saw John Truslove record a 36% increase in deals negotiated over the 12 months.
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