ABS News and Analysis


Simpson Millar turns to Fairpoint for merger after ending Slater & Gordon talks

9-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Leeds-based Simpson Millar has been acquired by AIM listed financial services group Fairpont Group after shelving discussions with Slater & Gordon in January.

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Irwin Mitchell chief exec Pickering in shock exit

2-Apr-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive John Pickering is to stand down after 37 years at the firm it has been announced today.


EY appoints Addleshaws corporate chief to launch UK legal offering

27-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

EY has appointed Addleshaw Goddard corporate managing partner Phillip Goodstone to establish its legal capability in the UK.


Cambridgeshire legal team latest authority to eye ABS spin-off

26-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.

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Local authority chiefs press watchdog over ABS delay

25-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The SRA has attended a meeting with local authority legal heads over the processing of their ABS applications, with public sector chiefs complaining that the process is slow and bureaucratic.

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PwC Legal chief: we can be a top 20 global legal services business in five years

18-Mar-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

The head of PricewaterhouseCooper’s legal arm (PwC Legal) has set out the firm’s ambitions to become a global top-20 legal services player within the next five years.

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Weightmans appoints former Buying Solutions CEO as non-exec

13-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Weightmans has appointed Alison Littley, the former chief executive of public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions, as its first non-executive director.


Allianz launches legal business with new ABS licence

6-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Allianz has been granted an ABS licence for the launch of ALP Law in conjunction with catastrophic injury firm Serious Law. 

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PwC acquires Canadian immigration firm

3-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired Toronto-based immigration law firm Bomza Law Group.

New structures

Gunnercooke founder: 'At Addleshaws and DLA I made a lot of money but it wasn't pleasant'

3-Mar-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Gunnercooke founder Darryl Cooke is an ABS fan but worries his firm will be stigmatised for turning its back on the LLP structure.

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Accountants aren’t kidding with ABS this time

3-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Last month PwC Legal got an ABS licence, which will allow it to own its legal arm at last.


ABS Gateley adds finance director to equity partnership

14-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Gateley has made its first non-lawyer an equity partner after converting to an ABS structure in December.

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Minster Law blames law change for £599K loss

11-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

ABS Minster Law posted a £599,000 loss in 2012/13 after being swallowed up by price comparison site comparethemarket.com owner BGL in May 2013.

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Parabis picks up Pannone affinity group head Jabbari

5-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Former Pannone Connect2Law chief executive David Jabbari has joined Parabis to launch a regional network of firms.

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PwC Legal gains ABS licence

31-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) legal arm, PwC Legal, has gained an ABS licence, allowing the Big Four accountant to take ownership of the business.

Editor's Note

Matt Byrne

The power of the PA


Capsticks is a firm in a tough sector - public health - where pricing is as keen as it gets. Consequently over the past few years Capsticks has been striving to make its business as efficient and client-focused as possible. In practice, that has meant putting in place a structure for supporting its fee-earners as effectively as possible via upskilling its business support staff.

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Locked up

Is Bonelli's lock-in a solution to the European succession planning question?

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Partner lock-ins normally come at a time of turmoil or change for a firm – following a merger, or to stem a slew of partner departures.


Cuatrecasas joins European allies in Gide London offices

15-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has moved into empty London office space rented by French ally Gide Loyrette Nouel, as the development of the firms’ non-exclusive alliance progresses.

Beijing dragon

Dacheng unveils newly elected management team headed by firm founder Peng Xuefeng

14-Apr-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process.

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Latham takes Bakers' crown as number one firm on top 30 international firms ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the 30 largest international firms in the UK by revenue for the first time, with UK revenue hitting an all-time high of $210.6m. 

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Quinn Emanuel drops out of The Lawyer's international top 30 ranking

14-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has dropped out of The Lawyer’s annual top 30 international firms in London table this year following the resolution of two of its largest cases during 2013 and a reduction in UK turnover of 28 per cent.


HFW becomes first UK firm to relocate leader to Asia as senior partner moves to Singapore

10-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) senior partner Richard Crump has relocated permanently to Singapore in a move that underlines the firm’s ambitious plans to grow its Asia practice.

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Debt: Red lines

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne, Joanne Harris

Debt can kill a firm but it can also fund ambition. Our first-ever market snapshot shows firms in the UK 200 getting into it in a big way


Knowledge management: Unleash the power

7-Apr-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Information and experience are invisible yet valuable assets which some firms are leveraging to build stronger client relationships 


Paul Weiss brings in London practice chief to look after best friends network

21-Mar-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The London office of Paul Weiss has hired a practice development specialist to manage its referral relationships in the UK.


Saudi Arabia: Keys to the kingdom

10-Mar-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Setting up in Saudi Arabia requires picking through complex regulation. Here’s what you need to know 

Light bulbs

With bonuses and record revenue at HogLove, things are looking Bright

28-Feb-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Hogan Lovells UK boss Susan Bright on why the firm is no investment laggard.


Remember shares in lieu of fees? It’s alive and kicking

12-Feb-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

What do Thomas Eggar and Californian giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrick & Rosati have in common? Not much, you might answer.

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