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LSB consults on process for reviewing decisions about licensing applications – Legal Services Board

“As part of the next stages of completing the licensing regime for Alternative Business Structures (ABS) the LSB has today published a new consultation focusing on reviewing decisions about licensing applications.”

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Legal Services Board, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Bar Standards Board to allow barristers to conduct litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board has approved proposals to regulate advocacy focused legal entities and allow barristers to conduct litigation.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Standards Board to regulate entities – Bar Standards Board

“At its most recent Board meeting, the regulator of the Bar in England and Wales took the decision to regulate advocacy focussed Alternative Business Structures, Legal Disciplinary Practices and Barrister Only Entities, collectively referred to as ‘entities’. It will not extend its remit to regulate Multi-Disciplinary Practices.”

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Bar Standards Board, 28th April 2011

Source: www.barstandards.org.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority unveils handbook – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority published the final version of its new solicitors handbook this week, as it revealed it had received ‘quite a number’ of enquiries from potential new market entrants about becoming alternative business structures.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

UK’s first chain of ‘high street lawyers’ is set to revolutionise legal services – The Guardian

“Shoppers on the high streets of England and Wales may have spotted the tentative signs of a revolution in legal services: the emergence of the first national chain of law firms.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Tesco law’ – not the big bang, but it will change the face of legal services – The Guardian

“The Law Society’s decision to back an application by its regulatory arm to oversee alternative business structures applications is a significant step.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

SRA board backs Tesco law powers and new conduct handbook – Legal Week

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board has approved the watchdog’s application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABSs) today (15 March).”

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Legal Week, 15th March 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Changing commercial climate puts lawyers’ ethics under microscope – The Guardian

“With non-lawyers set to own law firms and alternative business structures on the way, sceptics fear ethics could be sacrificed.”

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The Guardian, 9th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Alternative business structures face fines of up to £150m – Law Society’s Gazette

“Alternative business structures could be fined up to £150m and individuals working in them up to £50m, under plans outlined by the Legal Services Board.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Practitioners grapple with issues of ABS-led future – The Lawyer

“With just a year to go before the implementation of the Legal Services Act, The Lawyer’s conference on alternative business ­structures (ABSs) today (8 November) looks set to ­highlight the key issues, with contributions from influential players in the debate.”

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The Lawyer, 8th November 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar Conference lecture: The tyranny of the consumer or the rule of law – Speech by Lord Neuberger

The tyranny of the consumer or the rule of law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

25th Annual Bar Conference, 6th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Why big brand legal services are bad news for solicitors – The Guardian

“As the AA and Saga launch online portals, more than half of law firms say they expect to lose work to non-lawyer competitors.”

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice Minister supports ‘one stop shops’ for legal services – Ministry of Justice

“Speaking at an event hosted by the Law Society, Jonathan Djanogly stressed the importance of alternative business structures (ABS).”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

The changing relationship between solicitors and barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“In the debate about how the legal regulators should amend practising rules to allow solicitors and barristers to operate in the new structures modelled in the Legal Services Act 2007, some predicted that the reforms could alter forever the identity of lawyers and lead to fusion – ending the distinction between law firms and chambers. That has not happened, but does slow progress to date rule out greater upheaval in future?”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High-street law revolution must focus on customer satisfaction – The Guardian

“The fabled high-street network of law firms is in danger. The threats are piling up – legal aid cuts, ‘Tesco Law’, being thrown off mortgage lenders’ panels and difficulties securing indemnity insurance to name just four. Access to justice, we are repeatedly told, is in peril.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitors face tough challenge but consumer benefits win case for change – The Guardian

“This is not a good time to be a high-street solicitor. Those who relied on property work before the recession have seen conveyancing dry up. Solicitors performing publicly funded work are concerned about Ken Clarke cutting £500m from the £2.1bn that his Ministry of Justice spends on legal aid.”

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barristers interested in new business structures, BSB survey shows – Bar Standards Board

“The results of a recent survey of the profession show that the vast majority (over 80%) of barristers want the Bar to remain as a separate and independent legal profession, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), with 35% likely to join new business structures within 5 years if these are permitted.”

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Bar Standards Board, 12th July 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council Chairman – “We’re on the precipice of change” – The Bar Council

“Nicholas Green QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents over 15,000 barristers in England and Wales, has told barristers that the profession is ‘on the precipice of change’ in his address to the Bar Council’s Annual Remuneration Conference.”

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The Bar Council, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar must step up competition with solicitors, chairman warns – Law Society’s Gazette

“The bar must embrace direct access to the public to compete in a system that has been ‘calibrated and designed to hand the entire legal aid pot to solicitors’, the Bar Council chairman said last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Coalition government to review legal services reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“The coalition government is reviewing key reforms to legal complaints handling and the introduction of alternative business structures, as part of a wider review of regulatory measures inherited from the previous administration.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What alternative business structures mean for the legal profession – The Guardian

“Soon, perhaps as early as October next year, provision of legal services in England and Wales is set to change radically with the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS). Ownership of legal services providers – currently restricted to lawyers – will be open to anyone deemed ‘fit or proper’. This could be an insurance company or a supermarket – hence the sobriquet ‘Tesco law’.”

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The Guardian, 9th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar rules delay blamed for low LDP take-up – Law Society’s Gazette

“The delay in the relaxation of rules preventing barristers from entering law firm partnerships has been blamed for the low take-up of the first wave of new legal business structures.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Welcomes BSB’s Decisions on New Practice Structures – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council has today welcomed the decisions taken by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) which will permit members of the Bar to supply legal services within new business structures. The BSB has approved the creation of Legal Disciplinary Practices (LDPs) and Barrister only Partnerships (BoPs). Any wider decision to permit barristers to work in Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) will be deferred until the effects of the transitional LDP regime can be assessed and following further consultation in 2010.”

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The Bar Council, 20th November 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar regulator rapped by Legal Services Board over ABSs – Law Society’s Gazette

“The bar’s regulator has been accused of engaging in a ‘sterile debate’ over alternative business structures by oversight body the Legal Services Board.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Standards Board warning over ABSs – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said it would be ‘wrong’ to allow barristers to join alternative business structures (ABSs) without evidence of whether all forms of the new structure are ‘compatible with the regulatory objectives’ of the Legal Services Act 2007, or necessary for the benefit of consumers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th August 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Urges Caution Over Alternative Business Structures – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council has today published its response to the Legal Services Board’s wide-ranging discussion paper on Alternative Business Structures (ABS). The response from its Working Group on ABS reflects the Bar Council’s support for a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the liberalisation of the legal services market, as envisaged by Sir David Clementi in his review of legal services in England and Wales.”

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The Bar Council, 14th August 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Law firms look outside as market prepares for ‘Big Bang’ – The Times

“Four in five law firms expect to join forces with other professionals under the reforms to be introduced by the Legal Services Act, a new survey has found.”

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The Times, 25th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top chambers move to benefit from LSA revolution – Legal Week

“Top chambers including Matrix and Outer Temple are looking at opportunities available through alternative business structures (ABS) as the Legal Services Act (LSA) gains momentum at the Bar.”

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Legal Week, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com


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