BLM admits non-lawyer to equity in LDP conversion

Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has converted to a legal disciplinary partnership (LDP) and promoted non-lawyer Alistair Kinley into its equity partnership.

The conversion to LDP means the firm will be able to take investment from outside its partnership following the implementation of the Legal Services Act, which is expected to come into force in October.

Kinley, who is head of BLM’s policy development, joined the firm from the Association of British Insurers, where he led policy development on a wide range of topics in the civil justice and liability insurance fields.

BLM national senior partner Terry Renouf said: “Under The Legal Services Act we can now recognise and reward those who are important for the future of our business, including Alistair.

“His work here has reinforced how we help our clients and engage on the key policy issues in their sector – such as the Jackson reforms. It’s important that the firm takes part fully in these debates and that it takes advantage of the changing structures allowed by the act so we make the best use of market opportunities.”

The firm has also brought in four partners to the equity. They are: Birmingham-based James Harvey; Cardiff-based Kerris Dale; Liverpool-based Stuart Furniss; and Leeds-based Henry Kirkup.