The postcode-driven service matches users with the nearest appropriate registered solicitors, allowing people to select based on areas of specialism, preferred payment options (including legal aid), gender and language skills, all on a free and confidential basis.
Alongside the new ‘find a solicitor' search, Unbiased.co.uk offers visitors information on various aspects of legal advice, available in guide and video format. The website will be updated regularly with fresh information, news and views.
Richard Winder, spokesperson for Unbiased.co.uk, said: "Our online solicitor search will match consumers with particular advice needs with local solicitors who specialise in those areas. As with our established IFA and mortgage adviser searches, we will do this in a way that leaves the consumer fully in control of their research process, rather than capturing and passing on their details to the highest bidder.
"There are already a number of areas, for example estate planning or property transactions, where consumers will benefit from taking legal advice alongside professional financial or mortgage advice. And new legislation which came into force last month will see solicitors working more and more closely with other professional advice groups. By offering consumers access to a range of professional advice types through a single portal, we expect to increase overall advice demand which can only be a good thing."