Alternative business structures


Listed company buys specialist employment law ABS

5 March 2021

A specialist alternative business structure has been bought by a listed company to boost its fast-growing national employment law business and compete with traditional law firms.


Former presidential adviser joins ABS with eye on Brexit benefits

22 February 2021

A unique alternative business structure that combines legal and political advice has unveiled a former economic adviser to President GW Bush as its latest high-profile hire.


Legal and financial services group expands with law firm acquisition

16 February 2021

Fast-growing wealth management and legal services firm Progeny has continued its expansion by acquiring conveyancing firm Watson Law, with three financial planning firms next on its agenda.


First4Lawyers sets up law firm to handle road traffic claims

4 February 2021

Legal marketing business First4Lawyers is to create an alternative business structure to handle road traffic accident claims after the whiplash reforms are introduced in May.


New York rejects ABSs for now as Arizona opens doors to them

21 January 2021

Alternative business structures will not be allowed in New York for the time being because the case for them improving access to justice has not been made, a commission has decided.


SME firm eyes ABS licence to share fees with non-lawyer collaborators

18 January 2021

A law firm that works with non-legal businesses to offer SME clients a multi-disciplinary service is to convert to an alternative business structure so that they can share fees.


QC and accountant set up ABS regulated by SRA

12 January 2021

A commercial QC has taken the unusual step of setting up an alternative business structure with an accountant, in contrast with what he described as the “outmoded” chambers structure.


Teaching law firm “busier than ever” with pandemic caseload

21 December 2020

The head of the first ‘teaching law firm’, Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, has said it is “busier than ever” helping clients, many of whose problems are related to the pandemic.


Inward investment consultancy becomes ABS after “exponential growth”

3 December 2020

A professional services consultancy specialising in advice to foreign businesses wanting to set up in the UK has become an alternative business structure after “exponential growth” in 2020.


Legal Services Act a decade on: Much to celebrate but much to do

25 November 2020

There is “much to celebrate” from the first decade of the Legal Services Act but the basic legal needs of many citizens are still not being met, the Legal Services Board said today.


“Massively busy” ABS plans further growth

23 November 2020

An alternative business structure which launched as a specialist conveyancing firm with three staff in March 2019 is aiming to hit 50 staff across a range of practice areas by the end of 2021.


ABS owned by insurance claims firm enters Australia

5 November 2020

The alternative business structure owned by global insurance services firm Crawford & Company is expanding into Australia after buying up a leading defendant practice in the country.


Big Four giant signals ambition with City firm acquisition

4 November 2020

Big Four firm Deloitte yesterday issued a statement of intent to the London legal market by announcing that it is to acquire leading technology and digital media law firm Kemp Little.


Exclusive: New ‘corporate’ chambers looks to shake up Bar

2 November 2020

A family law barrister, together with the former chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, are looking to shake up the Bar by adopting a corporate structure for their new chambers.


Record fine for Co-op Legal Services after indemnity principle breach

26 October 2020

Co-operative Legal Services has been fined nearly £144,000 for recovering more costs in personal injury claims than it was entitled to – the largest fine the SRA has ever handed out to an ABS.

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