Alternative business structures

‘Social enterprise’ ABS set to merge with London councils’ joint legal team

Quentin Baker

LGSS Law, the ‘social enterprise’ alternative business structure owned by three local authorities, is set expand dramatically by merging with the shared legal team of Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The two councils envisaged costs savings through less use of external lawyers and bringing in additional income.

October 17th, 2017

Second ABS for National Accident Helpline after deal with national law firm

Russell Atkinson

NAHL, the marketing business that owns National Accident Helpline, has created its second alternative business structure (ABS) licence in partnership with national law firm Lyons Davidson. The ABS will trade under the name National Law Partners and it is expected to begin operating in November 2017.

October 13th, 2017

ABS consolidator unveils fourth and largest deal of 2017

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Metamorph Law, the alternative business structure looking to consolidate small law firms, has made a south-west conveyancing law firm its fourth and biggest acquisition of the year so far. It has taken over BPL Solicitors, a firm with revenues in excess of £5m and staff of around 100, based in offices in Dorchester, Bristol and Bournemouth.

October 13th, 2017

LegalZoom ABS set to turn £2m loss into profit after major investment

Beaumont Legal

Beaumont ABS – the alternative business structure owned by US giant LegalZoom – has said it is heading towards a “sizeable” profit next year after its first accounts showed a £2.1m loss. This was due to a significant and planned-for investment after it bought Wakefield law firm Beaumont Legal in early 2016 for £6.4m.

October 12th, 2017

ABS round-up: Riverview breaks new ground by schooling trainees in technology, and much more

Karl Chapman

Riverview Law has become the first law firm to offer its trainee solicitors a six-month seat in technology services, having obtained approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We also have news from ABSs Co-operative Legal Services, Express Solicitors, Keoghs, gunnercooke, Gateley and Astute Dynamic – with diversification a notable theme.

October 5th, 2017

Debt collection agency launches ABS


A large north of England debt collection agency has launched an alternative business structure to bring work in-house after commercial clients demanded a “seamless cradle to grave service”. The aim is “to continue the service that we already supply but do it from our internal resources rather than through partnerships with law firms”.

September 28th, 2017

Brilliance has its limits – pioneering ABS shuts down

Richard Turner Alpaca

Pioneering alternative business structure (ABS) Genus Law – which started life with the somewhat bolder name Brilliant Law – closed last month, with its book of business sold to fellow ABS Alpaca Law, it has emerged. Meanwhile, another groundbreaking ABS, Co-operative Legal Services, announced a rise in turnover but dip in profits for the first half of 2017.

September 22nd, 2017

CILEx unveils bid to be next ABS licensing authority

Millie Grant

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has become the latest legal regulator to apply to license alternative business structures. Chartered legal executives have been able to set up their own law firms since 2015, but not if they have non-lawyer ownership or investment.

September 11th, 2017

NewLaw owner unveils strong results as it strengthens law firm’s non-RTA business

London Stock Exchange

Redde, the AIM-listed accident management company that owns two law firms has recorded strong annual results, with turnover up 25% and profits increasing 16%. It also laid out how it is growing the services offered by its main firm, pioneering alternative business structure NewLaw Solicitors, into areas other than road traffic-related claims.

September 8th, 2017

Gateley: Being a PLC will help protect us from Brexit uncertainty

Brexit Direction Sign

National law firm Gateley has told investors that its decision to list on the London Stock Exchange will help it withstand potential economic uncertainty caused by Brexit. Its annual report also showed that finance director Neil Smith was the top earner among the senior management in the year to 30 April 2017.

September 1st, 2017