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“There’s nothing to stop us competing with you”, trade union ABS warns high street firms

Tony Rupa PIF Sept 15

The co-founder of Britain’s only trade union-owned alternative business structure (ABS) has warned high street lawyers that there is nothing to stop it competing with them. He also expressed concern that the profession was becoming obsessed with profit at the expense of the client.

October 2nd, 2015

Growth of LawStore brand enables ABS to funnel work to panel firms

LawStore Portsmoth

MTA Solicitors, the alternative business structure behind the consumer-facing high street LawStore brand, this week opened its third store and plans to open a fourth by the end of the year. MTA has begun to sign up panels of local law firms to deal with instructions it cannot handle.

October 2nd, 2015

MoJ mulls transferring regulation of claims management companies to FCA

Ministry of Justice sign

The Ministry of Justice is considering transferring the regulation of claims management companies to the Financial Conduct Authority, it has emerged. The aim is to bring in a “much more rigorous regulatory regime for CMCs”.

October 2nd, 2015

Legal Futures Report


The third issue of Legal Futures Insight delves into an area of legal practice that has been in constant turmoil over recent years: personal injury.

MedCo has been the source of constant headlines on our sister site Litigation Futures in recent months, and in this issue we explore what is going well and what not so well. With the process of weeding out some of the worst offenders now underway, is fragmentation of the market for medical reports is a good thing or will it only lead to more confusion?

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The ADR pain in the backside

EU flag

Who would have thought that something as inoffensive as ADR could cause such a rumpus? But the impact on the profession of the EU Directive on Consumer ADR has done just that. It means that, from today, every lawyer is obliged to point clients in the direction of an ADR provider should both of them wish to resolve a complaint that way, although the client still has the option of referring their complaint to the Legal Ombudsman

October 1st, 2015