ABS News and Analysis


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Parabis closes Bristol and Colchester offices

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Parabis has decided to close its offices in Bristol and Colchester following a 40-day consultation, with 41 staff affected.


KPMG awarded ABS licence

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

KPMG has become the latest ‘Big Four’ professional services firm to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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AA picks up Domino's Pizza GC as first head of legal

26-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The AA has hired Domino’s Pizza general counsel Mark Millar as its first general counsel, months after the motoring association became a listed company.

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Cripps appoints Christina Blacklaws as client services director

8-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

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.

Editor's Note

Matt Byrne

How to survive the “demanding” role of managing partner

20-Nov-2014 | By Matt Byrne

The lot of the law firm leader is not always a happy one. This week’s cover feature unpicks that statement a little. We quizzed dozens of past and present managing and senior partners on what it is that makes the role so tough. Who would have thought that one of the recurring themes would be that it can be “lonely”?

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Simmons' turnover up 8 per cent to £140m at half year

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Simmons & Simmons has boosted revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year compared to the same period in 2013/14, bringing in revenues of over £140m. 


Eversheds partners vote to pursue US merger

20-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of pursuing a US merger, with 90 per cent getting behind the plan.


Addleshaws advising Morgan Lewis as raided Bingham set to fold

19-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Addleshaw Goddard is understood to be advising Morgan Lewis & Bockius on its hire of 227 Bingham McCutchen partners, with the latter opting to dissolve rather than seek another buyer.

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Norton Rose Fulbright sets 30 per cent female partner target for 2020

18-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Norton Rose Fulbright has become the latest in a string of major firms to announce a 30 per cent female partnership target by 2020.


Littleton snares 3VB's Cooklin as director of clerking

17-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Littleton Chambers has hired 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) senior practice manager Paul Cooklin as director of clerking.


Simmons & Simmons re-elects Jeremy Hoyland as managing partner

17-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Simmons & Simmons has re-elected managing partner Jeremy Hoyland for a second four-year term that will commence on 1 May 2015.

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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


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


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…


Peter Kalis: Disruptive BS and the false prophets of doom


‘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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