Clementi reforms impel ASB to open volume arm

South East law firm ASB Law has become the latest firm to prepare for the post-Clementi legal world by launching a standalone volume business.

The new venture, named ASB Aspire, will focus on process-driven residential conveyancing and remortgaging, personal injury (PI) and uninsured loss recovery (ULR) work.

The business will source the work via volume referrers such as estate agents, claims management companies and brokers.

ASB Law managing partner Andrew Clinton said: “ASB Aspire is a practical response to the findings of the 2004 Clementi review and the subsequent Legal Services Bill.

“The legal landscape is about to change, and because ASB Aspire is operating in a flexible, automated environment, it will be able to react very quickly to changes in market conditions and client demand.”

ASB Aspire will begin trading on 1 June 2007 with 38 staff. It will be based in ASB Law’s Maidstone office, but also involves a merger with Maidstone-based ULR and PI specialist Andrew Gardner Partnership.

The business plans to grow to 70 staff by the end of 2007 and to expand its service lines to include debt recovery, wills and probate.

ASB Aspire managing director Sally Dunscombe said: “Services such as conveyancing, PI and loss recovery require supervision by lawyers and legal opinion at certain stages, but the underlying process is essentially administrative.

“If you have highly trained individuals managed by senior lawyers and the correct systems in place, which define specific actions, much of the work doesn’t need to be handled by qualified lawyers.”

ASB Aspire will also continue the development work of ASB Law in the area of brain injury claims, although this will be handled exclusively by lawyers.