Dozen silks sign up for launch of ABS LawVest

LawVest has signed up 12 silks for its legal services offering Riverview Law, which launches today.

Richard Lissack QC

Riverview Law, the trading name of ABS LawVest, which is part-owned by DLA Piper (28 October 2011), consists of two entities: Riverview Chambers and Riverview Solicitors.

Riverview Chambers has 43 barristers in total and is aiming to provide direct access to companies on a fixed fee. Riverview Solicitors will provide routine advice to business clients, also on a strict fixed-fee basis. Its model will be based on annual contracts with pricing determined by the size of the company.

Riverview Law will focus on employment, health and safety, intellectual property, corporate governance, family, divorce and environmental law. The silks include Richard Lissack QC, Jonathan Caplan QC and Stephen Tromans QC.

The barristers involved will retain membership of their existing chambers. These include Outer Temple, 1 Hare Court,  39 Essex Street, 11 South Square and 3 Pump Court.

Chief executive Karl Chapman told The Lawyer: “This is all about providing customers with certainty and transparency.”

Richard Lissack QC, who is head of strategic development at Outer Temple Chambers and head of the business and international teams at Riverview Law, said: “This provides businesses with an option for barrister-led advisory work and representation in-house within a single organisation.

“It has tremendous potential internationally and it fits in with the bar’s message. In fact it’s a paradigm example of providing direct access.”

LawVest’s shareholders include DLA Piper and AdviserPlus, a provider of outsourced HR, employment and health and safety advice.

For more on LawVest, see this week’s feature, Invested interest.