Facebook - Birmingham Business Twitter - Birmingham Business Instagram - Birmingham Business

Law firm wins Co-operatives contract

Law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors has won a three-year contract with Co-operatives UK to provide a legal surgery to its member businesses.  

With 37 of the top 100 UK co-operatives in membership, this new remit with the nation’s biggest co-operative network will see the Birmingham-based legal firm support businesses recording a combined turnover of almost £16 billion. 

Taking over the reins from DWF LLP, Anthony Collins Solicitors’ role includes advising co-operatives from different sectors on a range of matters under a legal surgery service, including commercial advice, contract matters, property and co-op law issues.   

The firm has already partnered closely with Co-operatives UK on its ‘Members Money’ project, developing a guide on co-operative shareholding and the differences with owning standard shares in a company. 

Working alongside Co-operatives UK’s own advice team, the three-year contract allows eligible members of Co-operatives UK to benefit from two hours’ legal counsel provided by Anthony Collins Solicitors. This service is open to co-ops of all sizes, from small worker co-ops and community enterprises to billion-pound businesses employing thousands. 

David Alcock, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors (pictured), said: “We are delighted to build on our already positive relationship with Co-operatives UK.

“Founded on a unique business model that empowers workers and customers by giving them collective ownership, co-operatives are having a profound impact up and down the country. Sector growth is allowing many firms to reinvest profits into further expansion and improving local communities. 

“In line with our firm’s mission-led social values, this contract is a unique opportunity for us to provide expert legal advice and, in the process, contribute towards the success of a sector that now employs 235,000 people.  We want to work with Co-operatives UK to help build this movement.” 

Following rapid growth in recent years, the co-operative sector produced its highest ever revenue in 2018, as total turnover rose by £800 million from the previous year, to a record £36.1 billion. 

With 7,226 independent co-operatives registered nationally, this new contract marks a major opportunity for Anthony Collins Solicitors, with plans already in place to expand its work with the movement. It has recently announced plans to open a second base in Manchester.

Emma Laycock, head of advice at Co-operatives UK, said: “Our members turn to us for specialist knowledge on the governance and legal issues that are specific to co-operatives. The partnership with Anthony Collins Solicitors strengthens our in-house team and broadens the support we can give to member-owned businesses across the UK. 

“We support co-ops at every stage, from those just starting out to more established businesses – all of which are very different.   

“But at the heart of each business is shared ownership, and that is where we come in as we understand the particular issues that member-owned businesses experience.”

Outgoing Law Society President joins law firm

New non-executive director will help to deliver strategic vision

2nd September 2019

Solicitors assess firm's social impact

Advice on funding deals for new homes and 90 new charities set up

14th February 2020

Regional talent celebrated online

Legal community hosts virtual awards ceremony

23rd April 2021

Thursfields unveils new leadership team

Key changes designed to continue firm's growth strategy

17th September 2020

Staff get support with legal issues

Law firm offers free workshops for companies

27th August 2019

Law firm signs up key expert

Corporate lawyer and entrepreneur joins the team

7th January 2021

Placements for law degree students

Solicitors award first places on new programme

24th November 2020

Three new partners named at law firm

Appointments made as practice prepares for further growth

13th May 2019

Talbots receive top workplace ranking

Law firm named as the best to work for in the Black Country

10th June 2020

Pioneering technology lawyer joins city firm

Mills & Reeve shakes up market

7th May 2020

Law firm strengthens healthcare team

Specialist joins Birmingham office

26th November 2020

Manjinder Singh Kang

Director and Solicitor, Kang & Co Solicitors

12th April 2019

Senior appointments at law firm

Lawyers join as new Birmingham office opens

10th February 2020

Laura Daly

Senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP

7th October 2018

Free workshops to solve staff legal issues

Law firm offers one-stop solution to local companies

20th September 2019