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One year on from the introduction of ABSs, Bernadette Summers is happy that the change has helped to promote the role of practice managers

6 March 2013

It is coming up to the first anniversary of the first Alternative Business Structure licence being granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). As John Welch and Stammers was the first ever ABS, I have been approached by various publications asking for an interview.

I have agreed to do a couple of interviews as I have been approached predominantly by Legal Recruitment Specialists and as a non lawyer manager this interests me. In the past I have looked (purely out of interest) at legal recruitment sites and at the recruitment pages in the Law Society Gazette to see if firms ever advertise for practice managers. I have seen very few positions advertised and the ones I have seen have always been for larger city firms.

With the introduction of Alternative Business Structures smaller firms are now in a position to enrol practice managers, accountants and financial controllers with a view to them...

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