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LEGAL FUTURES Small and mid-sized firms eye external investment in bid to take on ABS competition » LEGAL FUTURES
Though the vast majority of firms surveyed – whose turnover ranged from £5m to £35m – reported that they had not noticed any detrimental impact from ABSs in the past year, 36% expected to lose business to ABSs over the next 12 months.
clementi  solo 
november 2013 by JordanFurlong
LEGAL FUTURES LawStore targets businesses with mix of legal and non-legal services » LEGAL FUTURES
LawStore – the consumer-facing brand developed by regional law firm and alternative business structure MTA Solicitors – will next week launch into the business market, while further high street shops are also planned, Legal Futures can reveal.
access  clementi  solo 
may 2013 by JordanFurlong
Co Op Confirms Fixed Fee Family Law Launch With 22 Lawyer Team - Legalweek mobile
The move will see the Co-op's legal arm, Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), offer legal advice on matters such as divorce, child protection, mediation and financial issues over the telephone - with face-to-face meetings also an option.
A team of 22 solicitors, headed up by former TV Edwards partners Jenny Beck and Christina Blacklaws, will work from a base in London Paddington. CLS has plans to expand to an additional five regional locations across England and Wales, covering hubs in the northeast, northwest, southwest, southeast and the Midlands.
The exact location of these bases are still to be decided, with the exception of a planned Manchester hub.
CLS has set out five service guarantees as part of its Family Law Customer Charter, including fixed fees, jargon-free communications and the promise to conduct all work with sensitivity.
Co-operative Group deputy group chief executive Martyn Wates said: "We intend to bring a refreshingly different approach to family law. At a time of major changes in legal aid, we believe it's vital to make it as easy as possible for people to gain access to justice. We are doing this by providing an innovative approach that will appeal to those who are currently reluctant to access family law services."
He added: "It is our vision to develop a family law service which will provide a reassuring and trusted option for consumers. These are challenging times for both consumer and the legal profession but we intend our new range of services to be easily accessible and affordable."
competition  solo  access  clementi 
september 2012 by JordanFurlong
Co-op to move into family law after hiring high-profile solicitors | LEGAL FUTURES
o-operative Legal Services (CLS) has issued a major signal of intent by recruiting two leading solicitors to launch a family law service next year.

Jenny Beck, managing partner of London legal aid firm TV Edwards and co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, and fellow TV Edwards partner Christina Blacklaws, who chairs the Law Society’s legal affairs and policy board, have been recruited along with solicitor Chris May, the firm’s former head of business development and strategy.
clementi  solo 
november 2011 by JordanFurlong
Exclusive: DLA Piper invests in prospective ABS targeted at legal advice for businesses | LEGAL FUTURES
Sir Nigel Knowles, DLA’s co-chief executive, has been appointed non-executive chairman of LawVest, a holding company that is developing a new “market-disrupting brand, pricing and service delivery model” for business clients. DLA has a minority stake.

However, the precise details of what LawVest plans to bring to market remain under wraps. It will become an ABS.
clementi  competition  solo 
october 2011 by JordanFurlong
Is this the deal to silence QS’s critics? | LEGAL FUTURES
The money will surely allow QS to leap several steps in its development and get to the end point far quicker than its already rapid rate of growth would have achieved. It’s not so much getting the firms on board – especially with the added credibility this news will give QS – as building the infrastructure to support them. The goal of dominating the high street market, gaining a 30-40% share and having firms demonstrably different from non-QS competitors just became that much more realistic.
clementi  solo  franchise  brand 
october 2011 by JordanFurlong
LEGAL FUTURES » All roads lead to ABS – including legal aid
“Often I hear concerns expressed that having fewer individual practices will lead to a reduction in people’s access to justice,” he said. “But here I think access is at risk of being confused with physical proximity. People have grown used to a far wider range of telephone and Internet-based services – and demand more rapid and convenient access to services, but not necessarily an office on the street corner.”

(It is worth noting that the Legal Services Board shares this view that access to justice is not about the quantity of law firms on a high street, but rather the quality of access provided.)

This is the future. It is often pointed out that ABSs are, of course, just
solo  Clementi  access 
june 2011 by JordanFurlong
Fewer high street firms? So what? «
There is an assumption that the network of high street law firms is a good thing, mainly in facilitating access to justice (which is one of the core principles underpinning the new regulatory regime overseen by the Legal Services Board). This is rarely questioned. But significantly it is an assumption the LSB does not buy into. Board chairman David Edmonds has told me that if there were fewer law firms on the high street – or even just one – but a better service to the public was on offer, then there should be no problem. Access to justice is not measured simply by quantity.
access  Clementi  solo 
august 2010 by JordanFurlong
Law Review: Big firms still facing big problems | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/11/2009
What's needed, Ribstein says, is a far more creative approach. That might even mean that law firms, provided there are changes to professional rules that bar such arrangements, will one day be able to raise capital from investors in much the same way a car manufacturer or a chain of coffee shops sells stock. That, of course, would mean the firms would be answerable to investors, but it might also mean lower-cost financing. Contrast the experience of the scrambling big firms with that of small- to medium-size firms. Legal consultant Robert Denney says that these firms, in the teeth of what is arguably the most severe recession in a generation, in many instances remain healthy. Some of them, like Flaster Greenberg, of Cherry Hill and Center City, are hiring young associates. Others, like Hangley, Aronchick, Segal & Pudlin, a 50-lawyer firm in Center City that recently took on a small group of lawyers from DLA Piper, the world's largest law firm, are looking increasingly attractive to
Bookmarks  clementi  innovation  solo 
august 2009 by JordanFurlong
Slaw: The Death of the High Street Solicitors
Today’s Daily Telegraph reports on a survey with news that the small generalist firm may not survive the upheavals caused by the opening up of the English market for legal services.
Bookmarks  Clementi  future  solo 
september 2007 by JordanFurlong

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