Free online legal service launched for small businesses
8 October 2014 by Tony Fisher
A new online system offering free access to legal document templates and advice has been launched by Essex and London law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood. The new service, MyFJG, is aimed at small businesses across the UK, many of whom struggle to access affordable, flexible and user-friendly legal support.
MyFJG allows users to log in anytime, anywhere, in order to access legal guidance relating to the areas of running a business, employment, business premises, trade & ecommerce, intellectual property law and dispute resolution. The system also offers users the ability to draft and download legal documents at no cost.
Document drafting tool
Unlike other legal template tools available on the market, the MyFJG drafting tool is designed to be jargon free by simply asking the user a series of questions – rather like an interview. Following a series of yes, no or in some cases, more specific questions, a document is produced based on the responses supplied.
Senior Partner, Tony Fisher said: “We are always looking for new ways to innovate in the legal world and MyFJG is a huge step forward in terms of making our services more accessible for clients. Recent research has indicated that over half of SME’s get by without legal advice even in situations where they know that they need it because they fear the expense of talking to a solicitor. This service allows our clients to take initial steps in a number of areas themselves without involving us, but we are always there to help if needed.”
“Typically a small business would expect to pay around £400 to £600 for a set of trading terms and conditions. However using this new service, if the small business is able to complete the document themselves, there would be no costs involved at all. If they can complete the majority of the document themselves but would still like a lawyer to check their terms over for them, the cost would be around just £150. We offer fixed fees for checking all the documents on MyFJG.”
The service will also feature high levels of support, with live chat functionality.
Examples of legal templates and guidance available on MyFJG:
● Running a business
● Business premises
● Trade & e-commerce
● Intellectual property
● Employees and staff
● Dispute resolution
● Health and safety
“We’ve been developing this service as a direct result of conversations with our small business clients who want to do more for themselves on their own timetable, reducing their legal costs in the process,” Mr Fisher continued. “Small business owners know the intricacies of their business better than anyone else and so this service enables them to initially help themselves. It’s about removing red tape and allowing businesses more freedom, knowing that our legal experts are on hand should they require that extra level of support.”