Posts Tagged ‘alternative business structures’

Sometimes Research Takes You to Great Places…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 23:23

  The blog is slow because I’ve been in the United States for the past few weeks giving talks and doing research (thank you Leverhulme Trust). From Boston to Connecticut to the city of New York. You can’t see it in this picture but I noticed the Xinhua News Agency has one of the giant […]

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Tesco Law Forces Decline in Law Firm Partner Numbers

Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 22:03

No, this is not an invitation to a cozy hotel to have a drink with one’s colleagues while discussing “strategy going forward…”No, this is a warning to lawyers that Tesco Law (or should that be Co-op Law now) is having an effect on the market for lawyers. According to reports of a survey by the […]

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ReInvent(ing) Law

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 10:20

I’ve been struck by two contrary views on legal education recently. The first is by Matt Leichter on the inflexibility of the law degree. The second is an announcement by Michigan State University College of Law had received a $150,000 grant to support its new ReInvent Law Laboratory from the Kauffman Foundation. Leichter, as creator […]

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The Legal Services Act Takes Off in the US?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 09:00

  (Concatenation by silentmute, with thanks) There has been an interesting concatenation of events recently. The first Alternative Business Structures (ABS) were licensed this week with the Cooperative Legal Services (=Tesco Law) among them. Rather more prosaically and conservatively the New York State Bar Association finally decided to prohibit US law firms from taking external […]

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What Is Fitness for Purpose?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 17:16

(thanks to These are becoming heady days for the legal profession, or rather, I should say “authorized legal services providers” as we may well see lawyers as we’ve known them become a minority group. The last two months have seen all kinds of new ventures starting under the new ABS regime–BT Claims, Riverview Law, […]

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