The Co-operative Group has revealed it plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street.
The SRA approved the group’s plans to convert Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) to an alternative business structure in March 2012.
Over the next five years it hopes to increase its staff base from 450 to 3,000 across five regional centres.
It also plans to offer legal and funeral planning services across 330 high street branches of the Co-operative Bank and Britannia.
‘Over the next five years we want to fundamentally change the face of legal services and make access far easier,’ group chief executive Peter Marks said.
‘It is envisaged that about 90% of the roles being created will be actual legal functions, with 10% made up of support staff.
‘We are particularly keen to use our expansion as a way to offer opportunities to young people. Legal apprenticeships and opportunities for study leave will form an important part of this major employment opportunity.’