Law firms in Blackburn have welcomed the "great news" that they are ranked among the most trustworthy in the UK.

Analysis of online review website show solicitors in the town have been given 'a vote of public confidence' after data revealed they received one of the highest average scores in the UK. 

Firms in the town scored an average of 4.43 out of five across popular review sites Google, Trustpilot and ReviewSolicitors, according to the research by legal technology specialist Access Legal.

Blackburn's lawyers were ranked third in the country, behind only Leicester, the top ranked area with a score of 4.7, and Leeds, where firms scored 4.45.

The research is based on an analysis of review sites such as Google, Trustpilot and ReviewSolicitors, for 955 law firms in 50 UK towns and cities. 

Average scores across seven key specialisms - criminal, motoring, personal injury, conveyancing, wills and probate, family and corporate - were also analysed.

The results have been welcomed by legal professionals working in Blackburn.

Elton Ashworth, managing director of law firm Watson Ramsbottom, said: "It's great news to hear.

"Client service has always been a key focus of our traditional high street practice and because of this service, it has allowed us to become well known and regarded on a national basis."

The research found 89 per cent of customers check online reviews before making a purchase, with the majority trusting these reviews.

Other law firms in the UK with a high review rate included areas such as Brighton, Epsom and Bradford, all at 4.40 in joint-fourth spot.

Bishu Solomon Girma, customer success director at Access Legal, said:  “It’s great news that the people of Blackburn have such highly regarded law firms on their doorstep.

"Word-of-mouth recommendations have always been important when choosing a solicitor because legal matters can be complex and emotive, and trust is critical.

"While we might still ask friends and family about their experiences, many of us will also check out reviews when looking for legal services as we do in other areas of our lives.”