Fixed fee pricing is a core part of JustBeagle.com and we currently hold pricing for only a small percentage of law firms, our team has been diligently researching availability of fixed fee prices over the last 18 months, so we are delighted to know that in the future we will be able to offer pricing for all firms. Through this process we have spoken to many firms about their approach to fixed fees.

Fixed fee pricing is a core part of JustBeagle.com and we currently hold pricing for only a small percentage of law firms, our team has been diligently researching availability of fixed fee prices over the last 18 months, so we are delighted to know that in the future we will be able to offer pricing for all firms. Through this process we have spoken to many firms about their approach to fixed fees. Many are nervous at the prospect of having to publish such fees and make strong arguments for the low number of matters that these fixed fees would realistically cover. In reality, we have discovered that consumers and SMEs use these fixed fees as a ‘guide’ to affordability and already understand that their slightly more complex matter is going to cost a bit more.

The most interesting thing we learned through the build and launch of JustBeagle was that our users may consider price as a priority but they then compare those prices against the star ratings filter and choose the higher rated firms in preference. This is reassuring and should help firms be confident in their pricing if they have decent online reviews accompanying those higher fixed fees. We believe our users will actively filter to find firms which have mid-range prices and high star ratings, it seems the public DO understand that quality really matters when it comes to legal instructions. After all, law firms have used word of mouth marketing for many years, but as the world has gone digital and clients can be reached nationally if not globally, online ratings and reviews are only an extension of that concept.

Source: JustBeagle – SRA announces plans to force law firms to publish tariff of fixed fees.