Co-operative Legal Services announces new partnership with Opal

15 June 2015

The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has this week announced the launch of a new service to its customers through a partnership it has formed with Opal Financial Management Limited.

Opal, founded in 2013 consists of a national team of Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs).  The partnership will enable CLS to introduce clients, who require financial advice and planning after having received an inheritance, to Opal. 

Ian Powell, Marketing & Business Development Director for The Co-operative Legal Services said:

"Often beneficiaries have a need for advice and guidance on how best to manage and invest any inheritance, and will have many questions and concerns about what is best for them.  Our partnership with Opal will enable us to put our clients who require financial planning in touch with an organisation that we trust and with the same emphasis on clients’ needs as CLS."

Nick Howell, Managing Director of Opal Financial Management commented:

“We aim to provide high quality, independent financial advice to clients, helping to streamline the financial decisions many beneficiaries face, following the loss of a loved one.”

Powell continued.

“As we continue to develop and grow our business it is important that we continue to offer our clients a wide range of services that add value and assist them at ‘key moments of need’. Our partnership with Opal will enable us to do just this”

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About The Co-operative Legal Services:

The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) was established in 2006 and in 2012 it became the first major consumer brand to be granted alternative business structure (ABS) status under the new Legal Services Act.

CLS is an integral part of the newly formed Consumer Services Division of the Co-operative Group, which includes General Insurance and Funeralcare. CLS seeks to offer fixed and transparent pricing to its customers, meaning that the customer is aware of what the costs involved will be and therefore able to manage costs more effectively. 

CLS offers a range of products and services including Wills, Probate, Family Law, Personal Injury, Employment Law and Conveyancing.

CLS is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

About The Co-operative Group:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.