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ILA Direct Ltd was launched on 1st March 2021 with one very clear purpose in mind; to deliver high-quality face-to-face independent legal advice as quickly and conveniently as possible.


Founded by Thomas Paget, an experienced commercial property solicitor and former partner of a successful regional law firm, ILA Direct offers a simple solution for solicitors, mortgage brokers and lenders who are looking for a firm to provide independent legal advice to their clients at a fair price.

Our Background

Our Background

Hello and welcome to ILA Direct.

My name is Thomas Paget. I am a solicitor specialising in commercial property law and before setting up ILA Direct, I was a Partner at a successful regional law firm.

Like most property solicitors, I often found it incredibly frustrating when trying to find someone to provide independent legal advice to my clients. Many firms refuse to take instructions and those that do often charge excessively for their services, whilst at the same time using the opportunity to try and poach your client.

As a commercial property solicitor, I was regularly approached to provide independent legal advice. I often found that this requirement had been overlooked until the last minute and there was a great deal of pressure to provide the advice quickly. This was not always easy when trying to run a full caseload of complex commercial property matters.

Whilst I did encounter online firms willing to provide cheap independent legal advice, their service often did not meet with the lender’s requirements because nearly all of those firms were providing the advice only via video conference, whereas Lender’s ask that the advice be provided in person (to verify ID and to ensure there is no evidence of pressure or undue influence). The feedback I received from clients who did use them was not great.   

It was clear to me that there was a gap in the market for a firm willing to provide independent legal advice quickly, professionally, cost-effectively and on a face-to-face basis in accordance with lender requirements. So, on 1st March 2021, in the middle of a pandemic and hot on the heels of Brexit, ILA Direct Ltd was launched.    


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