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Tessa Shepperson

Tessa Shepperson qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and set up in sole practice in 1994 as TJ Shepperson. Tessa developed an expertise in residential landlord and tenant law which she then used for her online services. She is passionate about the internet and as well as her popular membership site and blog, has developed many other online kits and ebooks. She is also a director of training company Easy Law Training Ltd, which provides online training, workshops and an annual Landlord Law Conference. Tessa writes about working on the web (including a blogging guide) on her blog Working on the Web.


I have been working on the web for a long time. I set up my first website in the 1990s and my membership site, Landlord Law, which I set up in 2001, is my main source of income now.

So what have I learned over the years? And how can my experience help you?

How can the sole practitioner (or small firm lawyer) take advantage of the opportunities presented by the internet?

There can be very few solicitors unaware of the arrival of the QualitySolicitors brand on the legal landscape. With strong colours, launch parties, and snazzy advertising, they have made an immediate impact on the High Street.

In this series on referral companies, I have so far looked at Quality Solicitors, a very new player run by a barrister for solicitors, and Contact Law, a non-solicitor run organisation which started in 2005. LawNet is very different from both of these. Started in 1989 by Simon Maddox, a visionary solicitor in Birmingham, it was formed as a way for firms to collaborate on issues such as training and the sharing of knowledge.

In the second article in her series on referral sites Tessa looks at Contact Law, big players in the solicitors referral field.

“I would like to make it clear” said Craig Holt, barrister, founder and CEO of Quality Solicitors “that this is not just a referral company, providing leads to solicitors. It is much more than that.” Right. So what is it then?

The rapid development of the internet is something which will radically change our working environment. To survive in this new world, solicitors must work with the new technologies to develop new ways to provide legal services. We need to be the innovators ourselves, using the solicitors brand as a guarantee of quality. This, however, needs support from the Law Society, with the promotion of a solicitors logo, and perhaps mutual support and referrals between complementary solicitors’ online services.