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ABS Law Firms: Emerging Models

Submitted by Judy McMorrow on Wed, 07-23-2014
Long title
Alternative Business Structure Law Firms: Emerging Models
McMorrow, Judith
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Boston College of Law, USA
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
United States
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In 2012, the UK Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA) began authorizing Alternative Business Structure (ABS) law firms, which allows non-lawyer partners and investors. Over 200 ABS firms have now been authorized by the SRA, providing an increasing number of creative financing and business models. This paper will explore both the early trends in ABS firms and offer several case studies. The ABS firms will be examined with an eye toward the impact new models might have on lawyer performance, both in terms of independent judgment and efficient provision of quality legal services. [NOTE: If other presenters are exploring ABS firms, I can tailor this to a single theme or model.]
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