Alternative Business Structures

19 May 2016

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) should be permitted to regulate Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).

Director of Policy at the Bar Council Philip Robertson said: "Today's announcement paves the way for barristers who wish to do so to practise in BSB-regulated Alternative Business Structures. Giving barristers more freedom of choice as to how they provide legal services supports innovation and widens the range of options available to the consumer."

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