Sep 4 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
Brothers Onkar Khalsa, 25 and Param Singh, 33 have created an online lawyer directory called MrLawyer.co.uk.
TWO brothers and a pal say they'll bring the legal profession into the modern age with a pioneering website.
Onkar Khalsa and his property developer brother Param Singh have spent the summer setting up MrLawyer.co.uk in their living room in Carr Road, Northolt, with barrister friend Jasvir Degun.
The website aims to link customers with lawyers and solicitors who are rated by other users online – similar to the rating system on eBay and Amazon.
Mr Khalsa, 25, an IT management consultant who has helped set up and design websites for clients in the City, said: “Mr Lawyer allows the law and public to join.
“It’s revolutionary, nothing like this exists at the moment. You have to go to a directory to find a lawyer but you might not be sure of the quality of the service. Our website will have recommendations from customers.
“In some respect the legal industry is traditionally slow in shifting to the online age; most work is still done with paper-based processes. This year, there’s been dialogue around the legal industry modernising. We’re hoping to get ahead of the game and when this launches no doubt other services will emerge.”
MrLawyer.co.uk will help people who have never used a legal representative before find a trusted and cost-effective company. Lawyers can join for free for the first six months and create a profile which is rated by customers after they have completed work.
This is the trio’s first major venture together but they each bring something to the table.
“We make a good team,” said Mr Khalsa. “We’ve got the IT background so we know what users expect and what aspects make a good website and easy to use service. And we’ve got the expert knowledge on the legal side.”
The site goes live in October. To take part in the consultation, email info@MrLawyer.co.uk.