A multi-discipinary financial services group has obtained an ABS licence to complete its broad-based professional advice offering by bringing legal services in-house. Meanwhile, a specialist fertility law practice is considering using its licence to introduce employee ownership,
A firm of midlands-based financial advisers has received approval to set up an alternative business structure so as to extend its service to existing clients and drive revenue growth. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of listed independent financial advisory and wealth management firm AFH.
An East Midlands firm of independent financial advisers is building a law firm from scratch to provide a one-stop shop for clients after obtaining an alternative business structure licence. Bobby Dhanjal Wealth Management has launched Bobby Dhanjal Legal Services Limited.
The Legal Ombudsman has won approval for changes to its rules that bring them more in line with the Financial Ombudsman Service and so equip it better to deal with alternative business structures like Co-operative Legal Services.
Controversial rule changes that scrap the minimum salary for trainee solicitors and allow solicitors to refer clients to tied financial advisers were approved last month by the Legal Services Board. In both cases the LSB found that there was no reason to refuse the applications.
Sports and media stars will be among the wealthy clients of a new alternative business structure (ABS) which has already made a high-profile legal hire while awaiting its operating licence. BlackStar Legal is associated with the tax and wealth management giant, BlackStar Group.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s decision to change the rules on recommending financial advisers to clients has come under fire from opponents, with the Law Society taking “the unprecedented step” of urging the profession not to follow the new provisions and IFAs threatening judicial review.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to push ahead with controversial changes to the rules on referrals to financial advisers that will no longer preclude them from choosing those tied to particular institutions, despite opposition from the Law Society, SIFA and others.
A Mayfair-based private client firm that has close links to a wealth manager and a personal injury practice that is diversifying into other areas of law have become the first new alternative business structures in nearly a month.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been “hoodwinked” into changing its rules on referrals to financial advisers and risks involving solicitors in the mis-selling of investment products, a former senior financial regulator has claimed.