0151 239 1000
An ABS is a new form of legal practice developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and designed to allow solicitors and other legal professionals to have a much greater flexibility in the way they practise. In the words of SRA chief executive Anthony Townsend; “The arrival of ABS should foster a more flexible and innovative market, stimulating competition, encouraging innovation and boosting consumers' experiences."
The Legal Services Act 2007 was aimed to liberalise and regulate the market for legal services and introduced the concept of an ABS. As well as permitting external investment in law firms, the ABS structure allows the development of multi-disciplinary practices, covering services ancillary to the core legal activities.
Canter Levin & Berg led the way in 2009 by becoming one of the first firms to become a Legal Disciplinary Partnership, thereby allowing chartered accountant Louise Lunt to be appointed as a non-lawyer partner. Becoming an ABS means that we can further develop and improve our existing legal services covering personal injury claims, road traffic accidents, employment, family law, criminal law and private client law. In future we will be able to offer additional services to our clients to complement the legal services we already provide.
Speaking about the changes that becoming an ABS brings, Canter Levin & Berg Partner Martin Malone said; “Our successful transition to an Alternative Business Structure marks the culmination of several months work here at the firm. Becoming an ABS will allow Canter Levin & Berg to develop a diverse range of professional services that will both complement and go beyond those we currently offer to our clients. I am looking forward to the opportunities this will bring not just for the Firm but also for our clients.”
Canter Levin & Berg is a large regional firm of Solicitors based in Liverpool, Merseyside. Founded in 1947, we have over 65 years experience providing legal services to the businesses and people of Merseyside and further afield. With 13 partners and over 130 staff based in our offices in Liverpool and Kirkby, we offer a comprehensive range of legal services for our clients.