The Solicitors Regulation Authority is pressing ahead with a proposal which authorises solicitors to work in unregulated businesses as part of its wider drive to open the legal services market both to lawyers and consumers.

After the introduction of alternative business structures, the regulator’s chief executive said the move was the next step to allow legal services to be available to more consumers and small businesses, especially in the context of declining legal aid.

‘When we authorised some of the ABSs, particularly the accountants, a number of them were employing solicitors doing exactly what they’re doing at the momen...

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