ABSolutely fabulous? An insight into Alternative Business Structures

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7 June 2012


Professional services – a sector worth £35bn to the UK alone – is being transformed, and not just by economic forces.

Legal market deregulation in the shape of Alternative Business Structures is disrupting the traditional model of legal services, setting the scene for a whole new era of innovation.

Or is it?

City law firm Fox Williams and legal researchers Jures asked 100 leading professional services firms for their thoughts on the impact of the Legal Services Act and their appetite for Alternative Business Structures. Now we would like to invite you to share and debate the sometimes surprising  findings with our panel of experts in the field: George Bull Baker Tilly, Tina Williams Fox Williams, Neil Kinsella Russell Jones & Walker (part of Slater & Gordon), Steve Arundale RBS, Adam Shutkever Riverview Law, Nick Miller Sovereign Capital.

The panel will look at the different models of ABS, explore the likely impact of new entrants to the market and discuss our survey results. For instance, we asked our participating firm leaders:

  • If they had changed their management strategy as a result of the introduction of ABS.  You may be surprised at how many said ‘yes’
  • What are the biggest barriers preventing law firms from converting to an ABS?  ‘Loss of control’ was right up there as one of the reasons
  • Are there compelling reasons for converting to an ABS?  If so, what are they?

Please do join us for what will be an illuminating insight into law firm leaders’ current thinking, plans around this potentially transformative topic and receive a copy of the report written by leading legal journalist Jon Robins. We welcome any questions you may have for the panel too. To register please visit our registration site or contact schambers@foxwilliams.com

Date: Tuesday 26 June 2012
Venue: Fox Williams, Ten Dominion Street, London, EC2M 2EE
Event registration and networking: 08.00 – 09.00
Event commences: 09.00 – 11.30
Q&A: 11.30 – close



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