The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) today announced plans to enter the family law market. CLS has been joined by three senior members of the law firm TV Edwards LLP – managing partner Jenny Beck, partner Christina Blacklaws and head of business development & strategy Chris May. (Blacklaws is a member of the Law Society Council and Beck is co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.)

The three will help develop the family law service as CLS prepares to become an ABS, should it be successful in obtaining a licence from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). The CLS (part of the Co-operative Group) was formed in 2006 and currently employs more than 400 staff delivering personal injury, will writing, probate & estate administration, conveyancing and employment law-related services. The Co-operative Group employs over 106,000 staff and had a turnover of £13.7 billion in 2010.