It is great news that the BSB has received approval from the LSB to become a licensing authority.  This means it can in turn license ABSs.  A huge amount of hard work and careful planning by the BSB has brought this about.

I was struck by a comment made within the Times' excellent daily newsletter on law, "the Brief" that this is another incremental steps towards a fusion of the legal professions.

The Bar has a bright future as a provider of not only advocacy but also high quality cost effective legal advice.   The introduction of ABSs by the BSB is not a step towards a fused profession but a step towards a more adaptable bar.  If BSB ABSs did not exist then barristers would have not alternative but to go to the SRA for regulation and that is of course a step towards fusion.