Parabis picks up Pannone affinity group head Jabbari

Former Pannone Connect2Law chief executive David Jabbari has joined Parabis to launch a regional network of firms.

Jabbari officially took up the role yesterday having left Pannone in December following news of the firm’s tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon (28 November 2013).

Jabbari joined Pannone in 2012 from Clyde & Co, where he held a managerial role having joined the insurance giant when it merged with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) (29 July 2011). While at BLG he was credited with preparing the firm for the merger and his time at the firm coincided with a number of key partner departures, including its eight-strong aviation team to riva Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW) (24 March 2011).

At Parabis Jabbari will focus on the development of the firm’s consumer law offering to affinity groups and other clients, with the aim of creating a large-scale outsourcing business.

Part of the new role will be to develop a branded franchise network of regional law firms in the style of Connect2Law.

The network aims to offer connected firms back office services, quality assurance, branding and marketing support, as well making them delivery ancillaries to parts of the consumer and commercial law services required by Parabis’ clients.   

Parabis Group CEO Tim Oliver said the firm had already identified consumer law as a growth area and added: “We will offer sophisticated support to ABSs and affinity groups, from sales conversion through to the widest range of delivery options.”

Jabbari said he would spend the first few weeks in the new role assessing the capability of Parabis from an in-house and process mapping the various linkages between parts of the group.

Jabbari’s colleague at Pannone, former Affinity chief executive Charles Layfield made a similar move, leaving the firm on the 22 November 2013 to join BGL Group, the owners of price comparison site, in May (31 May 2013), that acquired recently ABS-registered Minster Law.

Parabis recently entered into partnership with Direct Line Group, to latest big brand to enter the legal services market with an ABS licence (31 January 2014).

In 2012 Parabis became one of the first firms to take a cash injection from a private equity house after completing a deal with Duke Street. At the time Duke Street said the deal valued the firm at between £150m and £200m (6 February 2012).