Friday, January 13, 2012

Alternative Business Structure Applications Live in the UK (ABA Says: "Not So Much")

  • First ABS wannabes begin SRA application process -- "More than 10 prospective alternative business structures (ABSs) completed the first stage of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) application process on the first day, the authority has revealed." As explored in greater detail in the article, Law Society President John Wotton argues that ABS licensing provides England and Wales with a competitive global advantage for legal services.
  • ABA Panel Says No to Outside Law Firm Ownership -- "An American Bar Association commission is considering recommending that nonlawyers be allowed to take an equity stake in law firms for which they work while urging that an existing ban be maintained on the kind of outside investment in U.S. firms that is now possible in the United Kingdom and Australia."

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