An alternative company structure to be launched by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Cardiff-based NewLaw next month is to limit its offering to accident, it has emerged.
The British Medical Association (BMA) introduced an ABS last spring in association with NewLaw, providing doctors with the full variety of customer law services, including family law, private customer and migration.
Unlike BMA Law, which is owned by the BMA through a trust, it is understood that RCN Law will operate as a joint endeavor ABS, owned similarly by both partners.
A spokeswoman for the RCN stayed: RCN Law is an ABS established in collaboration with NewLaw Solicitors to manage accident cases for members in England and Wales.
The RCN is the world s largest nursing union and professional body, representing more than 435,000 nurses, student nurses, midwives and health care assistants in the UK and globally.
Legal Futures exposed in November that RCN Law LLP had been integrated as a company earlier that fall, with Philip Dicken, managing director of NewLaw, as one director and NewLaw Legal as the other.
RCN Holdco Ltd was later on added as a director. This company was integrated in the summertime, and is based at the RCN s HQ in Cavendish Square.
Redde plc, the AIM-listed owner of NewLaw, revealed last month that the law firm was working with the RCN to release the ABS from 1 April.
On the other hand Carter Thomas Solicitors, a niche migration firm specialising in services for education suppliers, has actually ended up being an ABS. The firm is based at the Sheffield Digital Campus, with an office in London.
Another brand-new ABS is St James Legal Services, trading as Archerfield Partners, a three-partner media firm in London. According to its website, the firm offers bespoke legal services with specific competence in credibility management (including vilification, personal privacy and breach of confidence concerns), commercial lawsuits and media, home entertainment and sports law.
Lockings, a general civil practice based in Hull, Beverley, Hedon and Hessle and part of the QualitySolicitors network, is due to become an ABS on 1 May.