As part of our ongoing growth strategy, we have acquired other businesses, in particular Legal Eye and Conveyancing Alliance, both of which enhance and complement our already extensive proposition.
United Legal Services Ltd
United Legal Services Ltd was founded in 2003 and provides a number of online services for consumers and intermediaries. Our specialist areas are in the property, legal and financial services industries, working closely with both intermediaries such as mortgage brokers, as well as customers.
United Home Services
United Home Services supports estate agencies online with property information and vendors with our estate agency comparison website.
In December 2016, the Group acquired Conveyancing Alliance Holdings Limited. CAL is complementary to ULS technology as its success has come from providing technology based conveyancing solutions to mortgage intermediaries, specifically smaller firms.
In addition, CAL has been successful in forging a good proportion of its growth from estate agents with conveyancing related technology and services.
In February 2015, ULS Technology plc took a 35% share in HomeOwners Alliance, a website offering information and services to UK homeowners and prospective homeowners. In 2015, the site received around 3 million visits having only been launched in 2012 and visits to the site remain on a significant growth trajectory.
ULS Technology plc acquired Legal Eye in February 2015 to extend its range of services to the legal sector and our lender clients.
Legal Eye provides best practice, risk management and compliance services for solicitors, ABS (alternative business structure) and conveyancing firms. These include compliance with rules and regulations beyond those of the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), as well as training and support in obtaining Lexcel and CQS accreditation.
Legal Eye also offers the Legal Eye Quality Standard certification to solicitors, licensed conveyancers and providers of legal information services in all of the UK.
The standard includes rules and regulations which are over and above the traditional quality standards for the legal industry. Achievement of the standard helps firms reduce exposure to financial, reputational and insurance risks as a result of their certificated robust and documented risk management processes.