National conveyancing firm announces switch to ABS

National conveyancing firm PLS Solicitors has announced it is switching to an alternative business structure (ABS) following the award of a license from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The firm says the move – which allows non-lawyers to serve as owners and in senior leadership positions – will afford it “greater agility to grow in size and services”, with managing partner Dan Hickey adding the switch would “expedite expansion plans [and] empower staff”.

Hickey added that the 200-strong team, which is based in offices across Manchester, Liverpool, and London, has specialisms that “span far beyond just legal expertise:

“We have – for example – systems and web developers, business analysts, and customer service managers who are just as important to us being among the best in the business. An ABS allows us to better reflect our make-up and what makes us a modern-thinking law firm and will further unshackle the spirit of innovation that, over the past 15 years, has brought us success and helped countless customers to move into new homes and remortgage.”

Hickey added that the freedom to attract non-legal investors and appoint a leadership team with diverse skill sets would enable the company to react quickly to new technological and other opportunities and add further associated consultancy services and related products to its existing portfolio.

However, the PLS boss stressed that the company’s ethos of being “more than just a law firm” did not mean diversification without direction.

“We have no interest in being a ‘jack of all trades’ but we do intend to continue to evolve to ensure we are the master of one – property law.

We have always been at the forefront of tailoring technology and introducing efficiencies that benefit our clients and are focused on keeping homebuyers smiling by offering all we can to take the stress out of moving.”

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