I admit that this is the Co-op not Tesco, but it illustrates how our brave new legal world will work, as I have predicted.
I picked up a brochure for Co-operative employee benefits this morning. They are very keen on childcare vouchers, although their bike scheme appears to have disappeared. Nestled among the sheets advertising broadband and energy deals was one for Co-operative Legal Services. This covers will writing and probate/estate administration.
All of the brochure is aimed at employers, not employees, and covers ways of providing employee benefits. So the legal services are presented in that light, not least the discounted fees.
The result? The Co-op get the employer to make the introduction to the client, and to push the product (and wills are generally a good idea). Even if the employee has made a will, they may be interested in other services, where the discount will not be available.
And we wonder how the Co-op will keep 3,000 additional staff busy.