More jobs as new Bill prompts le­gal ser­vices shake-up

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

A NEW law busi­ness is likely to cre­ate 70 jobs. Maid­stone-based asb law has set up a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion to spe­cialise in high-vol­ume work such as res­i­den­tial con­veyanc­ing, re-mort­gag­ing, per­sonal in­jury and unin­sured loss re­cov­ery.

It will be known as asb as­pire. Much of its work for in­di­vid­u­als will come via es­tate agents, in­ter­me­di­aries, claims man­age­ment com­pa­nies, in­sur­ers and bro­kers.

The move is a re­sponse to the 2004 Cle­menti re­view of le­gal ser­vices and the Gov­ern­ment’s Le­gal Ser­vices Bill ex­pected to come into force in three years’ time.

Andrew Clin­ton, asb law’s man­ag­ing part­ner, said: “The le­gal land­scape is about to change and firms are fac­ing new chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Bill will give ex­ist­ing firms greater free­dom to in­no­vate but it will also al­low new providers to en­ter the mar­ket.”

The new en­ter­prise opens for busi­ness on June 1 with 38 staff, some of them from the ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tion at Eclipse Busi­ness Park, Maid­stone.

It fol­lows a merger with the Andrew Gard­ner Part­ner­ship, also based in Maid­stone, a law firm spe­cial­is­ing in per­sonal in­jury and unin­sured loss re­cov­ery claims. Mr Gard­ner is join­ing asb law’s prop­erty ser­vices group.

Bosses say that asb as­pire has plans to grow the busi­ness and ex­pect to in­crease the work­force to 70 by the end of the year.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sally Dun­scombe said the move was a nat­u­ral one. Vol­ume ser­vices needed le­gal su­per­vi­sion but were mainly ad­min­is­tra­tive.

“If you have highly-trained in­di­vid­u­als man­aged by se­nior lawyers and the cor­rect sys­tems in place which de­fine spe­cific ac­tions, much of the work doesn’t need to be han­dled by qual­i­fied lawyers,” she said.

How­ever, an ex­cep­tion was brain in­jury claims. “This is a very spe­cial­ist area of law and will be han­dled ex­clu­sively by se­nior lawyers with in­di­vid­u­ally-de­vised case plans for each client.”

She in­sisted the new busi­ness would not be a “fac­tory” op­er­a­tion, and she planned to add debt re­cov­ery, wills and pro­bate to the ser­vices of­fered.

asb law is a top-100 law firm, of­fer­ing cov­er­age through­out Kent, Sus­sex, Sur­rey and south Lon­don from of­fices in Maid­stone, Craw­ley, Brighton, Hor­sham and Croy­don. It has 37 part­ners and al­most 300 le­gal and sup­port staff.

asb is hold­ing an open re­cruit­ment day at its Maid­stone of­fices on Fri­day, May 18 for peo­ple want­ing jobs in the new busi­ness.

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