Brilliant ABS start-up goes live, while debt recovery firm targets legal work

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2 January 2013

Briggs: CEO of Brilliant Law

Brilliant Law has become what it says is “the first true pure bred alternative business structure (ABS) start-up” and is offering to help other ABS applicants on a fixed-price basis.

Also among the raft of new ABSs announced over the past 10 days by the Solicitors Regulation Authority is a debt recovery business that can now offer the associated legal work.

Leeds-based Brilliant Law, which is owned by investment company Brilliant Law Group Limited, promises to deliver “innovative services and business processes”.

Its chief executive officer is Matthew Briggs, former CEO of Minster Law who recently took on a prominent role at price comparison website Wigster, while City solicitor David Mandell is head of legal practice and of finance and administration.

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The offering includes fixed-price packages for start-up businesses, micro SMEs and SMEs; 24/7 opening; a ‘pay as you go’ menu of fixed-price ad hoc services; an online portal enabled for mobile devices; and downloadable legal documents.

The fixed-price packages include such matters and employment and HR, health and safety, contracts, debt collection, and company secretarial needs.

It also offers consultancy services which include “fixed-priced ABS application process for law firms and other organisations”, along with advice on various other commercial areas.

Brilliant Law Group says it is “backed by a unique combination of private investors and law firm managers whose focus is to invest in innovative, efficient and effective delivery of legal services for both consumers and businesses alike”.

Brilliant Law says it is “an organisation consisting of people with both legal and entrepreneurial skill sets; a team of people who recognise that the Legal Services Act now allows the consumer to receive legal services in a way never experienced before”.

A spokesman for Brilliant Law said: “We are extremely excited about the plans we have in place now that the company has been granted an ABS licence. This is a fantastic day for consumers looking for legal services and all connected with Brilliant Law.”

Meanwhile, debt recovery specialists Allsquare Legal has become an ABS in order to add legal representation to its offering within a one-stop shop.

Andy Goater, managing director of the company, which trades as RS Cameron, said the ABS licence would enable it to “provide clients with the initial debt recovery services and follow that through with a service [whereby] we can represent them in court, issue proceedings and so on”.

Allsquare Legal, which joined Qdime Group, part of a Buckinghamshire property group, in 2010 and provides the group with credit management and recovery services, has also established a specialist property debt recovery department. “As a business we are looking to grow,” said Mr Goater. The ABS “gives us a much bigger market to promote the full range of services that we will be offering”, he added.


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