3 April 2017
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has from today begun licensing
Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).
The BSB has been regulating lawyer-only owned entities since
2015, but for the first time, the regulator will now be able to
license legal services businesses which are owned jointly by
lawyers and non-lawyers.
As a result, a new edition of the BSB Handbook, which amongst
other things, contains the rules of professional conduct for
barristers and entities, has been published today.
BSB Director of Regulatory Assurance Oliver Hanmer said: "We are
pleased to announce that we are able to start regulating ABSs.
Although we are cautious about the number of ABSs that may choose
to be regulated by us, we believe this development encourages
further innovation in the provision of legal services. Being a
specialist in regulating advocacy-based services, our announcement
today allows barristers and other lawyers to partner with other
business professionals to bring new skills and fresh perspectives
to this sector of the market."
Anyone considering setting up a BSB-regulated entity or ABS
our website for more information.
The latest version of the BSB Handbook is available on
Notes to editors
About the Bar Standards Board
Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal
services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest.
For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t
More about the BSB's powers to regulate
An Order recently approved by Parliament designated the General
Council of the Bar as a Licensing Authority for ABS. This means
that the BSB may now exercise the statutory powers in the Legal
Services Act 2007 to license and regulate ABSs.
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