Alternative business structures

Early test for will-writing firm that opted into SRA regulation to help protect clients

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A man who tried to get a vulnerable client to loan him money – shortly after the will-writing firm he worked for became an alternative business structure – has been banned from working in the profession after it reported him to its new regulator.

December 1st, 2016

Accountancy and legal ABS adds architects to the mix

Sam Wadling Z Group

A multi-disciplinary alternative business structure is offering property clients the chance to be advised by a solicitor, accountant and architect at the same time. In addition to the deal with H&C Architects, Z Group is also continuing to expand its core areas with acquisitions.

November 29th, 2016

ABS “engenders more entrepreneurialism” among conveyancers

Sheila Kumar

Alternative business structures are far more likely to invest in their businesses than non-ABSs, research in the licensed conveyancer community has suggested. The survey provided an unprecedented snapshot of how this part of the legal market operates, including what it charges.

November 29th, 2016

Notarial firm in ABS first


A notarial firm based in Norwich has become the first to be regulated as an alternative business structure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The move was triggered by the decision to appoint its first non-notary employees earlier this year.

November 24th, 2016

Ashfords becomes ABS to bring spin-offs back into the fold and targets investment in clothing retailer

Garry Mackay Ashfords LLP

South-west law firm Ashfords has become an alternative business structure to integrate its clutch of spin-off businesses more closely with the legal practice. The firm will also shortly be announcing its second external investment after legal recruitment app Route1 – this time in a clothing retailer.

November 22nd, 2016

ABS round-up: City firm buys non-legal businesses to create one-stop shop, plus much more

Matthew Hudson

An alternative business structure specialising in alternative investments has acquired two non-legal businesses as part of its strategy to become “the pre-eminent advisory and infrastructure business in alternative assets”. Our round-up includes news from Gateley, Triton Global, Callan Legal, Fletchers, Dezrezlegal and Knights.

November 15th, 2016

From legal advice to government advocacy – ABS gives Cherie Blair’s firm “competitive advantage”

Julia Yun Hulme

Being an alternative business structure (ABS) “definitely gives us an advantage as compared to a typical law firm”, according to the managing director of the unique practice founded by Cherie Blair QC. She said the firm was born from “a recognition of the gap between what law firms can provide and what clients want”.

November 14th, 2016

First accountancy firm to create ABS takes on second licence

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The top-30 accountancy firm which in 2013 was the first accountancy practice to acquire an alternative business structure (ABS) licence from the Solicitors Regulation Authority has taken on a second licence from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

November 11th, 2016

Slater & Gordon targets improved customer experience

Ken Fowlie

Making the consumer journey “more flexible, faster and less expensive”, along with giving clients more control, will be the key to the success of Slater & Gordon, its UK chief executive said this week. Ken Fowlie said he was also “determined to make a success” of the firm’s strategy of becoming a dominant consumer law brand, while admitting to “bumps on the road”.

November 10th, 2016

Winn reveals masterplan to create listed personal injury giant

Jeff Winn

The managing director of a leading personal injury firm has revealed that he and his private equity backers have a masterplan to combine three personal injury practices into a firm large enough to be listed on the London stock market.

November 9th, 2016