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Not-for-profit criminal firm takes business-like approach and plots future civil work

The first not-for-profit criminal law firm – which opened its doors last month – has underlined its intention to generate surpluses like any other business; it will just distribute them differently. The firm is arranged as a co-operative and set up as a community interest company.

May 15th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Not-for-profit’s groundbreaking ABS eyes expansion

In the third part of our series in which we catch up on the progress of the new breed of alternative business structures (ABSs), we speak to Castle Park Solicitors, which was the first ABS to be created by a legal advice charity.

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Exclusive: legal advice charity becomes first not-for-profit to set up an ABS

A legal advice charity in Leicester has become the first not-for-profit organisation to set up an alternative business structure (ABS), Legal Futures can reveal. The Community Advice and Law Service has won approval to launch Castle Park Solicitors Community Interest Company.

April 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

Survey: not-for-profits eye charging for advice to survive LASPO

Nearly a fifth of not-for-profit legal advice centres are planning to charge for services as a strategy to survive cuts in legal aid, a study into the impact of the reforms has revealed. But the study found widespread fear of redundancy across the sector.

April 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

Allow not-for-profit agencies to charge, says LSB as it delays date for them to become ABSs

Not-for-profit (NFP) advice agencies should be allowed to charge for providing legal services soon, the Legal Services Board said yesterday, while also announcing a delay in the creation of an alternative business structure licensing scheme until at least April 2015 because no regulator is ready to provide it.

December 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

Law centre submits ABS application as not-for-profit sector gears up for legal aid cuts

A north London law centre is on course to become the first owner of a not-for-profit alternative business structure, subject to receiving approval. The venture is an example of government-approved efforts by law centres to mitigate the effects of legal aid cuts.

November 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Pioneering webcam legal advice service ties up with Citizens Advice Bureau

Instant Law – the legal video-conferencing business that currently offers its service through major libraries in London and Birmingham – is to move into the not-for-profit sector next month by partnering with Greenwich Citizens Advice Bureau in London.

July 26th, 2012 | No Comments »

Consumer panel: lift ban on law centres and other not-for-profit advisers charging for work

The ban on law centres and other not-for-profit organisations charging for advice should be lifted as part of plans to bring them into the alternative business structure regime, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.

July 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

Not-for-profit providers “should be able to charge” for legal advice

Law centres and other not-for-profit organisations should be allowed to charge for advice to help counter the impact of legal aid cuts and reduced local authority funding, the Legal Services Board said today.

April 23rd, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Djanogly: ABSs helping to create conditions for legal aid firms “to flourish”

The legal aid reforms will open up opportunities for law firms, with alternative business structures (ABSs) offering one way to exploit them, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly claimed last week. The significance of ABSs “cannot be overstated”, he said.

March 19th, 2012 | No Comments »