QA Law (a partnership) is an unregulated legal consultancy in the UK offering a range of legal services to small and medium-sized businesses and private individuals.
We do not carry out any “reserved legal activities” under section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007. Accordingly, we are not required to be, and we are not, answerable to or regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Institute of Legal Executives or the General Counsel of the Bar.
Advantages & Risks
Just because QA Law is not regulated, it does not mean that the quality of the advice or services you receive are inferior in any way to a regulated law firm.
All of our legal services are provided by a Legal Consultant who has qualified as a solicitor and worked in legal practice for a minimum of eight years, although they are no longer practising as a solicitor and they provide advice and services to clients of QA Law as unregulated “Legal Consultants”.
Our Legal Consultants also have extensive experience of working in private companies and have practical experience of negotiating and drafting business agreements, dealing with HR issues and recovering debt while working as employees or consultants within businesses.
In 2015 / 2016, the Legal Services Board undertook a project which looked into the benefits and risks associated with Unregulated Legal Service Providers. The Legal Services Board produced a Research Summary and a Research Report.(full copies of which can be viewed by clicking the links)
Benefits for consumers of Unregulated were identified by the Legal Services Board as including lower prices and greater price transparency compared to regulated providers, innovation and service differentiation, and competitive impact on regulated providers.
The main risks to consumers relate to consumers identified by the Legal Services Board were consumers not making informed choices and misleading advertising claims. Here at QA Law, we want you to always make an informed decision and we ensure that our advertising claims are accurate and are never misleading.
We aim to provide you with an excellent service at all times. Should you have any concerns or issues with any of our Legal Consultants, please send an email clearly setting out your complaint to [email protected] and we will try to resolve the problem.
Our Complaints Policy includes provision for reference of a complaint to an independent mediator in certain circumstances. You should, however, know that you would have only limited rights to complain to anyone else. The Legal Ombudsman, who adjudicates on complaints about poor service by practising Solicitors and Barristers, cannot consider any complaint against an unregulated legal consultancy such as QA Law.
The Services We Provide
QA Law are able to provide you with a wide range of legal and HR services.
Our Legal Consultants have considerable experience and expertise in providing the following services:
Services For Individuals
- Wills & Estate Planning
- Employment Law
Services For Business
- Negotiating & Drafting Agreements
- HR Consultancy
- Employment Law
- Debt Recovery
As an unregulated legal consultancy, we do not provide any advice or services in relation to the following “reserved legal activities” under Section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007, which only those who are authorised (or exempt) can carry on:
- the exercise of a right of audience.
A “right of audience” means the right to appear before and address a court, including the right to call and examine witnesses.
- the conduct of litigation.
The “conduct of litigation” means:
(a)the issuing of proceedings before any court in England and Wales,
(b)the commencement, prosecution and defence of such proceedings, and
(c)the performance of any ancillary functions in relation to such proceedings (such as entering appearances to actions).
- reserved instrument activities.
“Reserved instrument activities” means
(a)preparing any instrument of transfer or charge for the purposes of the Land Registration Act 2002 (c. 9);
(b)making an application or lodging a document for registration under that Act;
(c)preparing any other instrument relating to real or personal estate for the purposes of the law of England and Wales or instrument relating to court proceedings in England and Wales.
- probate activities.
“Probate activities” means preparing any probate papers for the purposes of the law of England and Wales or in relation to any proceedings in England and Wales
probate papers” means papers on which to found or oppose—
(a)a grant of probate, or
(b)a grant of letters of administration.
- notarial activities.
“Notarial activities” means activities which, immediately before the appointed day, were customarily carried on by virtue of enrolment as a notary in accordance with section 1 of the Public Notaries Act 1801 (c. 79).
- the administration of oaths.
The “administration of oaths” means the exercise of the powers conferred on a commissioner for oaths by—
(a)the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 (c. 10);
(b)the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1891 (c. 50);
(c)section 24 of the Stamp Duties Management Act 1891 (c. 38).
We want you to make an informed choice about the provider of legal services to you and to fully understand both the benefits and risks of using an unregulated legal services provider.
As part of our commitment to transparency, before we commence any work for you, we will provide you with clear information about the fees for the service that you have requested us to provide. In many cases, we will be able to provide you with a fixed fee for the completion of the agreed work. Where the nature of the work means that it is not possible to provide you with a fixed fee from the outset, we will make the basis of our charging clear with you and we will agree limits with you that we will not exceed without your permission.