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The ‘Big Bang’ of Alternative Business Structures


Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has expressed the hope that the advent of alternative business structures could have as dramatic an impact on legal services as the so-called ‘Big Bang’ of 1986 had on the financial sector.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the CityUK Future Litigation event held at the offices of Clifford Chance. He said: “As for domestic regulation, we are less than a month away from an historic change – the introduction of Alternative Business Structures on October 6 that will allow solicitors, barristers and other professionals to combine together in new ways, should they choose to, for the benefit of the consumer. Time will tell, but I hope that comparisons with the Big Bang in 1986 do not prove entirely fanciful.” Read the full story

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