Alternative business structures

The Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) allows non-lawyers to own and manage law firms. This practice note provides details on Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulated alternative business structures (ABSs) and how to apply to become one.

For the purposes of this practice note, solicitor includes registered European lawyers (REL) and registered foreign lawyers (RFL).

This practice note is the Law Society’s view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status.