Today we have seen yet another innovation sparked by Alternative Business Structures. Nottingham Law School has applied for an ABS licence for its law centre. As with all great ideas it is smple. If it works I suspect other law schools will follow. I am sure such a move was never contemplated by those who designed the Legal Services Act. Open the door and who knows who will walk through.
Jenny Holloway, associate dean of Nottingham Law School, said: “Nottingham Law School has been delivering innovative and transformational legal education for 50 years, and the creation of an ABS platform for our law centre would represent an exciting new phase of development. “The application for ABS status demonstrates the law school’s commitment to continued innovation which enhances our students learning experience, and shows Nottingham Trent University’s commitment in supporting access to justice in its civic and community role.” Nick Johnson, director of the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, added: “An ABS licence will enable us to expand and further develop the excellent work our students already do. Students at all levels of the law school will be able to gain experience of professional practice in the same way that medical students currently do at teaching hospitals.