Absolute Barrister: Bringing order to the legal system with an innovative approach
2 min read
03 March 2016
Founded by a husband and wife, Absolute Barrister is an online service designed to bring order to the legal system by connecting consumers and businesses alike to affordable barristers for a range of matters, which has sealed its space on our Everline Future 50 2016.
Name: Absolute Barrister
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Simon and Katy Gittins
Created in 2014 by duo Simon and Katy Gittins, Absolute Barrister is designed to revolutionise the law sector – worth almost £30bn in the UK.
Their experience saw the trained barristers help companies, colleagues and family members discover and access the advice required for the miscellaneous matters they were facing.
The Gittins’ belief is that the solicitor-based model of managing legal issues is outdated and expensive, hence the launch of what they believed to be a more effective approach.
The business runs as an online service that connects people and businesses facing legal matters to barristers best suited to managing their cases, having capitalised on the change to law that previously required use of solicitors first.
The areas of law supported include divorce and family, driving, immigration, wills, finance and property, personal injury and libel.
With the enterprise side of things in mind, the company also supports issues around employment law, such as payments, discrimination and unfair dismissal, as well as intellectual property (IP) and matter surround small and large businesses.
Help provided comes in various forms, all of which are catered to the individual’s requirements, with phone calls, written information, conferences and court appearances all available through the platform. The point of the service is that it’s designed with simplicity in mind.
For example, one divorce settlement was set to cost an individual £21,000 with a solicitor – Absolute Barrister quoted £7,000 but the service was so effective that the client was refunded £3,500 as the final hearing didn’t last for as long as it was expected to.
The company has grown by around 50 per cent year-on-year. Looking ahead, the ambition is to become the largest barrister law company, big enough to challenge the top ten existing parties for revenue within the next ten years.