Legal tech specialist swoops for conveyancing firm

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Law technology specialist Access Legal has acquired Legal Bricks, a provider of conveyancing searches and property related services to the legal sector.

Part of Loughborough-based software firm The Access Group, Access Legal’s latest acquisition strengthens its footprint in the legal sector with the addition of specialist conveyancing capabilities.

Launched in 2017 and based in Brierley Hill, Legal Bricks offers solicitors a customised online property search platform that simplifies and speeds up the conveyancing process.

Legal Bricks also provides a full suite of conveyancing and Anti Money Laundering products, which aim to reduce law firm dependencies on the use of multiple systems, resulting in a quicker and more transparent process.

The acquisition of Legal Bricks complements Access Legal’s vision of creating a digital workplace for law firms, bringing together a suite of legal software solutions and services delivered through Access Workspace for Legal.

Doug Sawers, managing director of Access Legal, said: “The addition of Legal Bricks and its innovative suite of property and conveyancing services moves us closer to the goal of a single sign-on, single vendor, single solution.

“We take pride in listening to our customers and we know that creating a digital workplace has never been more important for law firms to facilitate improved client experience and collaboration. The addition of Legal Bricks extends the suite of relevant solutions we provide, adding even more richness for our customers and will provide a more efficient, simplified platform for managing the property and conveyancing process.

“Existing Legal Bricks customers have been welcomed to Access Legal and we’re confident that their already great experience with Legal Bricks will be further enriched by the Access Group’s investment in people, product development and customer success.”

All of Legal Bricks’ 40 plus team will be joining Access Legal.

Founder of Legal Bricks, Mike Connelly, takes on the newly created role of commercial director at Access Legal.

Commenting on the acquisition, he said: “Access is an exciting software company with a passion for innovation and a customer-centric culture. The decision to acquire us reflects our position as a modern provider of property and conveyancing services to the legal sector.

“It’s always been our aim to help conveyancing firms increase productivity, increase profitability and most importantly, reduce workload, and we know that Access Legal shares those values too. Combining with Access enables us to further harness our investments in technology and gives our customers access to a wider range of specialist legal solutions from a single provider that can help create a comprehensive, optimised Digital Workplace.

“We have formed an incredible team who deliver our products and services allowing customers to better serve their clients. From today we believe that will grow to even greater heights as we combine the Access Legal and Legal Bricks’ teams.”

This latest acquisition follows Access Legal’s acquisition of integrated cloud IT services provider Oosha earlier this year.

Access Legal works alongside law firms, including Eversheds, Minster Law, Winn Solicitors, Wolferstans, Neves Solicitors, The MAPD Group, Boodle Hatfield, Gotelee, Tinsdills and RedKite.