Alternative business structures


Exclusive: SRA to regulate National Accident Helpline

2 April 2020

National Accident Helpline is giving up its authorisation as a claims management company and will in future be overseen by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Legal Futures can reveal.


Time for Scotland to embrace ABSs, says watchdog

25 March 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority has called for alternative business structures to be allowed in Scotland, and for a shift to the independent regulation of lawyers.


Arizona looks to become first US state to allow ABSs

19 March 2020

Arizona has become the first state in the US to formally seek the introduction of alternative business structures, it has emerged.


ABSs diversify to offer clients non-legal services

13 March 2020

Southern England commercial law firm EMW has made the first of what it says will be a series of acquisitions of specialist consultancies as it looks to diversify beyond legal work.


Sports ABS “ready to talk external investment”

9 March 2020

A boutique sports law firm that counts Premier League football players among its clients has become an alternative business structure and is ready to discuss external investment.


Planning consultancy targets referrals with ABS

28 February 2020

A planning consultancy has created an alternative business structure to handle the legal work associated with planning applications, targeting referrals from small law firms.


Another £11m in share sales by Gateley partners and staff

19 February 2020

Partners and staff at listed law firm Gateley sold £11m worth of shares yesterday – making £27m since it went public – amid a burst of news about listed legal businesses, including Knights and Redde.


America continues creep towards ABSs

18 February 2020

The American Bar Association yesterday encouraged states to consider “innovative approaches to the access to justice crisis” but made clear it was not recommending alternative business structures.


Top politician and ex-chief of defence staff join ABS

10 February 2020

An alternative business structure that combines legal and political advice has hired Theresa May’s former chief of staff as well as a former chief of the defence staff.


Exclusive: Profits rocket at ABS where accountants supply clients

4 February 2020

An alternative business structure owned equally by two law firms and an accountancy practice has recorded a 1,200% surge in post-tax profits.


DC lawyers bid to lead the way with ABSs

4 February 2020

Lawyers in the US capital Washington DC are the latest in America to try and remove the ban on ABSs, while the president of the American Bar Association is backing efforts to rethink regulation.


New ABS aims to improve on fee-share model

10 January 2020

The founders of a new consultant-led law firm are aiming to challenge not only the traditional law firm model but also the current fee-share models which have evolved over recent years.


Personal injury ABS joint venture collapses

23 December 2019

The joint venture between NAHL plc – which owns marketing network National Accident Helpline – and Bristol-based law firm Lyons Davidson has collapsed, it emerged today.


US-owned London ABS grows European client base

23 December 2019

A US-based legal services provider with a London-based alternative business structure focused on processing  routine contract documents is steadily building its European client base.


Newly listed law firm raises £31m for growth plan

16 December 2019

The seventh law firm to list – although it describes itself as an asset management consultancy – raised £31.4m as its shares began trading last week. MJ Hudson had a market capitalisation of £98m.

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