The Co-operative Legal Services appoints new Marketing and Business Development Director

02 October 2014

The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has announced the appointment of Ian Powell to the role of Marketing and Business Development Director.

Ian joins CLS in early November 2014 and brings with him a wealth of legal services marketing experience. Ian’s most recent role was for Irwin Mitchell, where he held the position of Business Development and Communications Director for 15 years. In addition to this, Ian has held a number of marketing and business development roles at professional services firms including DLA Piper and Legal and General.

Ian Powell comments: 

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the Co-operative Legal Services at an important time in its development. My aim is to help it to realise its potential to create a real alternative offering that provides its members and clients with an outstanding customer experience and real value.

The Co-operative has a rich heritage, and with millions of members there is a real opportunity to build on this, developing its Legal Services offering and providing its members, clients and local communities with a legal brand that they know and trust.”

Matt Howells, Managing Director of The Co-operative Legal Services said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Ian as our new Marketing and Business Development Director.  He has a wealth of experience in marketing and communications, business development and digital marketing within the legal sector. He also has extensive brand management experience and proven capabilities in building a highly effective team to drive business growth in a fast changing market.

Ian will play a key role in helping us shape, develop and communicate our offering to both members and clients while also helping CLS to develop new products, services and channels to market”

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact The Co-operative Legal Services Press Office:

Lauren Hoult: / 07702 505 626
Emily Dalton: / 07738 621 201


About The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS)

CLS is an integral part of the newly formed Consumer Services Division of the Co-operative Group, which includes General Insurance and Funeralcare. 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 regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and offers the following services:
Family law, Wills, Probate, Personal injury, Employment Law and Conveyancing (through panel firms).

CLS seeks to offer fixed fees to its customers, meaning that the customer almost always knows exactly what the costs involved will be and therefore the customer is able to manage costs more effectively.  Customers are can ask as many questions as necessary to understand the legal services required to move on with their lives.