Chambers becomes first ABS licensed by the SRA without a solicitor – Legal Futures

“A London chambers has become the first alternative business structure (ABS) licensed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority that does not have any solicitors.”

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Legal Futures, 11th June 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Growing amount of legal work can be “de-lawyered”, says LSB director – Legal Futures

“A growing amount of legal work could be ‘de-lawyered’ and provided by organisations that offer a wide range of legal and non-legal services, the strategy director of the Legal Services Board (LSB) has suggested.”

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Is that it for ABSs? – Legal Futures

“There will be plenty of lawyers crowing over the failure of In-Deed Online. Expect a lot of ‘I told you so-ing’. It will be used as evidence that alternative business structures (ABSs) are flawed and that the much-heralded change in the legal market will prove to be a bust.”

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Interview: Chris Grayling – Law Society’s Gazette

“In his foreword to the consultation on ‘transforming’ legal aid, justice secretary Chris Grayling explains that change is needed to ‘boost public confidence’ and cut costs, which he claims have ‘spiralled out of control’. Speaking to the Gazette, he offers no empirical evidence that the public has lost confidence in the system. But he claims to have received ‘lots of letters and emails’ from people concerned about legal aid entitlement. He alludes to prisoners getting legal aid ‘to argue they should have a different cell’, and migrants receiving civil legal aid.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Cut Price Justice – Garden Court Chambers Blog

“Anna Morris explains why the legal profession and the public must unite to oppose the government’s attack on legal aid.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 20th May 2013

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

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Bar Standards Board extends first registration phase for QASA – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board will extend the first QASA registration period to ensure that the Criminal Bar will have more time to consider the consequences of government changes to legal aid before registering. The end of the first registration period will now be 9 March 2014, which will be after the Ministry of Justice publishes its final response to the consultation, ‘Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system’.”

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Barristers to have tools to compete with solicitors as BSB seeks approval for liberalisation – Legal Futures

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news by tracey

“An end to the bans on self-employed barristers conducting litigation and sharing premises or forming associations with non-barristers is in sight as the Bar Standards Board (BSB) laid out the first stage of its major liberalisation programme.”

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Legal Futures, 3rd May 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Neuberger warns against risk of profits before principles in the ABS world – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in alternative business structures, judges, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

“The president of the Supreme Court has urged the legal profession not to lose sight of its fundamental principles in the rush for modernisation, warning about the risks of pressure from “hard-nosed businessmen” who may invest in law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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A new approach: access to justice in criminal cases – LegalVoice

“Anyone concerned over the need to check the power of the police and prosecution authorities by providing a counter-balance holding these state funded entities to account may find this paper helpful, writes Robin Murray. It is a proposal to save millions of pounds of tax-payers’ money whilst at the same time preserving independent access to justice, an essential pre-requisite to prevent abuse and injustice to which anyone of us, high or low can become a victim.”

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LegalVoice, 5th February 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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A new generation of lawyers – LegalVoice

“As the Skills Minister Matthew Hancock gives his backing for Apprentice Lawyers, Nick Skeet of Skills for Justice discusses the impact on the industry and what this could mean for legal aid.”

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LegalVoice, 30th January 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Simplify complaints procedures, OFT tells profession – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has urged the legal profession to simplify its complaints procedures, following the publication of research showing that only one in eight dissatisfied customers goes on to make a formal complaint.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th January 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Alternative business structures: an uncertain future? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The government’s White Paper preceding the Legal Services Act, based on the conclusions of Sir David Clementi’s review, promoted the concept of alternative business structures (ABSs) based on an expectation of a glowing future: that consumers would have more choice, and would benefit from reduced prices, better access to justice, improved levels of service, greater convenience, and that in consequence there would be increased consumer confidence in the quality of legal services. The suppliers of legal services would benefit from increased access to finance, a better spread of risk, increased flexibility, the opportunity to recruit and reward high quality non-legal staff, and there would be greater opportunities for new legal professionals.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st January 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Stephensons: on becoming an ABS – LegalVoice

Posted January 18th, 2013 in alternative business structures, law firms, news by tracey

“Stephensons Solicitors, a leading legal aid firm in the north-west, secured approval as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) early in the new year, and has already appointed its first non-lawyer partner.”

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LegalVoice, 17th January 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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One year on, are students still unconvinced by ABSs? – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2012 in alternative business structures, legal services, news, trainee solicitors by sally

“In case you missed the memo, legal services are changing. You no longer need to be a lawyer to own a law firm, which means legal advice has become an exciting new commodity for big-brand employers.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Barrister partnerships possible from 2013; BSB set to regulate ABSs – Legal Week

Posted October 26th, 2012 in alternative business structures, barristers, news, partnerships by tracey

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is gearing up to allow barristers to form partnerships from autumn next year, with alternative business structures (ABSs) set to come into effect for the profession in 2014.”

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Legal Week, 25th October 2012

Source: www.legalweek.com

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Getting the Incentives Right – Speech by Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board

Getting the Incentives Right (PDF)

Speech by Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board

Westminster Legal Policy Forum, 18th October 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Future of law: big brands and alternative business structures – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2012 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

“Household names such as AA, Saga, Direct Line and BT hoping to join Co-op in the legal sector.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Can sole practitioners survive in the new legal marketplace? – The Guardian

“Sole practitioners have been having a hard time in the wake of the Legal Services Act 2007, which opened the door for alternative business structures (ABSs). These new forms of legal practice have given household names like the Co-op and the AA the opportunity to expand their legal offerings to consumers and have allowed law firms to be managed and owned by non-lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 8th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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IBA 2012: former president of American bar dismisses ‘risky’ ABS model – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 5th, 2012 in alternative business structures, law firms, news, professional conduct by tracey

“The immediate past-president of the American Bar Association has strongly denounced alternative business structures, arguing that non-lawyer investment in law firms compromises the client’s best interests and undermines professional independence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th October 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Family lawyers face turbulent year ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law’s commercial and legal landscape is changing dramatically with the legal aid reforms, the continuing impact of the recession, competition from ABSs and potential legislative changes affecting everyone from the richest to the poorest.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th September 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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