ABS News and Analysis
Leeds-based Simpson Millar has been acquired by AIM listed financial services group Fairpont Group after shelving discussions with Slater & Gordon in January.
Irwin Mitchell group chief executive John Pickering is to stand down after 37 years at the firm it has been announced today.
EY has appointed Addleshaw Goddard corporate managing partner Phillip Goodstone to establish its legal capability in the UK.
The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.
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.
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.
Weightmans has appointed Alison Littley, the former chief executive of public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions, as its first non-executive director.
Allianz has been granted an ABS licence for the launch of ALP Law in conjunction with catastrophic injury firm Serious Law.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired Toronto-based immigration law firm Bomza Law Group.
Gunnercooke founder Darryl Cooke is an ABS fan but worries his firm will be stigmatised for turning its back on the LLP structure.
Last month PwC Legal got an ABS licence, which will allow it to own its legal arm at last.
Gateley has made its first non-lawyer an equity partner after converting to an ABS structure in December.
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.
Former Pannone Connect2Law chief executive David Jabbari has joined Parabis to launch a regional network of firms.
PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) legal arm, PwC Legal, has gained an ABS licence, allowing the Big Four accountant to take ownership of the business.
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.
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.
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.
China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process.
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.
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.
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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