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ABS diary | Taking the first steps

John Welch & Stammers was the first small firm to be authorised as an alternative business structure. In the first post of her new blog for Solicitors Journal, new managing partner Bernadette Summers walks us through the first days as an ABS

29 May 2012

It has now been two months since we got our licence and we officially became John Welch & Stammers ABS on 6 April.

The news coverage, local and national, was interesting and generally positive. The local press had little understanding of what being an ABS actually means, particularly with regards to non-lawyer partners, but the articles brought about local interest and were free advertising for us. Again, our clients mostly do not understand, or are even interested in, why we have become an ABS but we have had extremely positive comments about me becoming a partner at long last.

However, we have reassured all our clients that our ethos remains the same so from their point of view nothing has changed.

David Cameron is our local MP and we received a personal letter from him offering congratulations and I have been approached by various people with regards to doing ta...

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