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Ministry of Justice

Justice Minister supports ‘one stop shops’ for legal services

23 September 2010

Jonathan Djanogly

Speaking at an event hosted by the Law Society, Jonathan Djanogly stressed the importance of alternative business structures (ABS).

ABS would enable lawyers to join forces with other non-legal professionals, like accountants or surveyors, to create 'one-stop shop' firms providing a variety of linked services. This a change from the current system which keeps the legal profession separate.

Mr Djanogly said: 'I believe that the changing legal landscape should lead to a reinvigorated and more competitive legal services sector. The introduction of ABS in particular will allow for greater flexibility of professional services provision and businesses better equipped to respond to commercial pressures.'

He reminded the audience of legal practitioners that the move to ABS was voluntary for lawyers and firms, but highlighted their potential for both efficiency savings and improved service to customers.

ABS are one of the three parts of the Legal Services Act 2007, alongside the already established Legal Services Board oversight regulator and the new Office for Legal Complaints, which will open in Birmingham on 6 October.

We have provided a factsheet on alternative business structures.