ABS News and Analysis

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Bucks ABS expected to generate £400,000 profit for local authority over five years

17-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Buckinghamshire County Council has tasked its new alternative business structure (ABS) with generating profits of £400,000 over the next five years.

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Stories of the year: March

10-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

March set up some of the defining stories of 2014, with Addleshaw Goddard kicking of its early election, and PwC and DWF declaring top 20 aspirations in their respective markets.

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Parabis backer Duke Street injects £13m cash into firm

5-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Private equity backed Parabis Group has received a further £13m cash injection from its investor Duke Street.

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EY joins accountants' rush into legal market

1-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Accountancy and consulting giant EY is the third of the big four accountants to enter the regulated legal market after being granting an ABS licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). 

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Former Pannone FD Anthony Clare fined by FCA

7-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Legacy Pannone financial director Anthony Clare has been fined £208,600 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) following an investigation into mis-selling at insurer Swinton.

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Irwin Mitchell acquires Mayfair-based Berkeley Law

6-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Irwin Mitchell has acquired Mayfair based private wealth specialists Berkeley Law in a bid to gain ground in London.

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Kennedys chief executive Guy Stobart steps down

4-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kennedys chief executive officer Guy Stobart is to stand down from his role at the end of this year after five years in the role.

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Kennedys becomes latest top 50 firm to gain ABS licence

3-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kennedys is the latest top 50 firm to become an alternative business structure (ABS) after being awarded a licence this weekend.

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Keystone Law sells £3.15m stake to private equity house

23-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has received a £3.15m cash injection from private equity house Root Capital in return for a 35 per cent stake in the firm’s shares.

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Parabis cuts 24 claimant fee earner roles in Croydon

22-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Parabis has cut 24 fee earner roles from its Croydon-based claimant firm Cogent Law.

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Parabis's Tim Roberts: "We're still lawyers really"

17-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Until recently Tim Roberts resided very much in the shadows at Parabis, quietly masterminding the systems and processes that have created the volume powerhouse that the firm is today.

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Addleshaws installs regional office heads as former Manchester chief quits for PwC

16-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Tim Wheldon and Malcolm Pike as office heads in Leeds and Manchester respectively in the firm’s latest management change.

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Kent Legal Services tenders for ABS partner

13-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Kent County Council’s legal division Kent Legal Services (KLS) has today launched a search for a private sector alternative business structure (ABS) partner.

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Law: it’s all part of the KPMG service

6-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Accountant will not form standalone law firm, but build legal into its offering

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Moore Blatch teams up with charity for first social enterprise ABS

3-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Southampton-headquartered Moore Blatch has joined forces with spinal injury charity Aspire to create Aspire Law, an ABS specialising in spinal cord injuries, which will launch on 3 November.

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Law firm management – the highlights

18-Dec-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Last month we brought you insight on what it is that makes the job of managing a law firm so tough.

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

19-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.

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BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg to stand down after five terms

15-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to stand down at the end of his fifth term at the end of April 2015, 16 years after first stepping into the role.

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KWM names Hong Kong management duo as Fuller relinquishes control

15-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named two partners to succeed global managing partner Stuart Fuller as head of its Hong Kong practice after he decided to give up one part of his dual role.

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The leadership interview 2014: the dealmakers

12-Dec-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For a year now, The Lawyer has run a weekly interview with a law firm leader as part of our coverage of strategic issues facing the legal profession. Over the next two weeks we’ll be running the highlights from our interviews with the men and women who are shaping private practice.

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Addleshaw Goddard sets out its 'fresh perspective'

11-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard has set out its aspirations to re-establish a top 20 position in the UK200 and to be known as a premium player in its chosen markets as part of a new strategy rolled out firmwide today (11 December).

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Baker & McKenzie launches client-focused ‘investigations academy’

9-Dec-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Baker & McKenzie has launched an ‘investigations academy’ aimed at educating its lawyers across all its network on a range of matters relating to regulatory investigations.

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I'm a managing partner… get me out of here

17-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Lonely, a career cul-de-sac, the figurative punch bag, master and yet servant – just some of the ways the managing partner role can be hell. Still interested in doing it? Read on

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

11-Nov-2014

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics.

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The choices facing Ashurst and Olswang

3-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The Americanisation of UK law is coming - so what are firms doing about it?

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Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all

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Building the perfect firm

1-Sep-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…

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Peter Kalis: Disruptive BS and the false prophets of doom

14-Jul-2014

‘Disruptive innovation’ has quickly become a management-speak staple, but it does not stand up to scrutiny as a worthwhile analysis of the legal world

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