ABS the rage

Everyone wants to get their mitts on the legal market these days. Though disgruntled lawyers might be screaming “why?” at their computer screens, there’s no denying that ABS is the most fashionable acronym around.

Okay, maybe that’s a mild exaggeration, but we say it partly because motoring giant RAC has been, ahem, driving the message through this week.

Heading up the right street, the group has laid the foundations for an ABS move after striking a five-year deal with outsourcing specialist Quindell Portfolio, which itself unveiled plans to launch an ABS last January following its £20m acquisition of Liverpool’s Silverbeck Rymer.

The tie-up will see Quindell manage all before-the-event legal expenses work generated by RAC’s motor book, but instead of paying a referral fee for the claims, a practice that is no longer permitted under the Jackson reforms, RAC has agreed to wait until the contract end for payment.

Let’s hope there’s not a bump in the road.


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