ABS News and Analysis
Kent-based Cripps has appointed former Co-op Legal Services (CLS) policy director Christina Blacklaws as director of client services with a remit to lead the firm’s growth strategy.
Slater & Gordon has acquired East Midland firm Flint Bishop’s Injured Patient Claims arm, a claimant personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence team.
Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today.
The Co-operative Group’s half-year results, released today (4 September), show a £5.1m loss in the 26 weeks up to 5 July for the legal services arm.
Private equity-backed Knights is expected to turnover in excess of £15m during 2014/15 having hit £7.5m at the half-year.
Two former Pannone personal injury big-hitters have become the latest to break the three-year lock in to leave Slater & Gordon, moving to ABS rival Irwin Mitchell.
Manchester insurance litigation firm Horwich Farrelly has appointed its first chief operations officer (COO) to its executive board.
Listed alternative business structure (ABS) Quindell has generated £180m of revenue from legal services at the half-year according to its interim statement to the London Stock Exchange.
At least two legacy Pannone partners have managed to exit Australian-listed Slater & Gordon and others are negotiating exits despite a three-year lock-in.
Mishcon de Reya is to vote next month on converting to an LLP and bringing all of its salaried partners into the equity.
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Irwin Mitchell grew revenue by 1.2 per cent from £200.3m to £202.7m and saw profit before tax drop by 8.5 per cent from £18.7m to £17.1m last year, according to audited figures.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has become the first non-legal entity with powers to regulate probate services and license alternative business structures (ABSs).
The London boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, which recently merged their legal groups, have become the second local authority in-house team to be awarded an alternative business structure (ABS) licence, following Buckinghamshire County Council last week.
Slater & Gordon’s UK revenues have smashed through the £100m barrier, with an 119 per cent increase in turnover from £46.1m to £101m (A$182.5m) for the 2013/14 financial year.
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Boodle Hatfield has appointed its first female senior partner in its 300-year history, with head of private client Sara Maccallum set to take over the running of the firm on 1 May next year.
Locke Lord Edwards to be formed as US firms pair push forward with a letter of intent to merge in 2015.
Washington DC-headquartered BuckleySandler has opened in London, the firm’s first international office.
DWF is ramping up its agile working capabilities with a raft of initiatives kick-started by its move last Monday into London’s Walkie Talkie building (19 May 2014).
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