Alternative business structures

PI firms merge to take on 2020 reform upheaval

22 February 2019

Personal injury firms in Sheffield and Macclesfield have merged and created a new alternative business structure as they bid to ride out the upheaval of next year’s reforms.

University creates ABS to fuse law degree with work experience

20 February 2019

Sheffield Hallam University has set up a standalone law firm so it can offer a law degree that incorporates mandatory work experience into every year of the course.

Construction business becomes ABS to reduce client confusion

15 February 2019

A multi-disciplinary construction business has become an alternative business structure, in part to reduce confusion among clients and also offer a one-stop shop.

Tax consultancy sets up ABS to become one-stop shop

17 January 2019

A tax consultancy has set up an alternative business structure to create a “one-stop shop” for independent contractors seeking advice, saying ABSs had made the law more entrepreneurial.

Global law company seeks more purchases after buying UK firm

9 January 2019

Global law company Elevate is looking for more acquisitions this year after buying pioneering UK commercial law firm Halebury, which uses freelance lawyers to support in-house teams.

ABSs forge ahead as number of conveyancing firms shrinks

13 December 2018

Alternative business structures operating in conveyancing are significantly more positive about their future than traditional practices as the number of firms in the field continues to fall.

New ABS combines legal and accountancy advice

10 December 2018

A litigation-focused legal and accountancy alternative business structure, which opened for business this month, is set to benefit from an “explosion” in contested probate cases.

Innovation in law – it takes “sweat, risk and stubbornness”

6 December 2018

The founder of pioneering alternative business structure rradar has described innovation in the legal sector as “sweat, risk and stubbornness”. It is now lining up acquisitions to aid growth.

Gauke hails ABSs and sector’s commitment to lawtech

30 November 2018

The Lord Chancellor yesterday hailed the impact of alternative business structures in driving competition and fostering innovation in the legal market.

Levels of innovation in law “stagnating” but future looks better

29 November 2018

The level of innovation in the legal market has “stagnated and fallen in some areas” in recent years, but there are a number of encouraging signs for the future, major new research has revealed.

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