Manchester-based Express Solicitors, which recently announced a £3 million expansion (the firm currently employs over 80 staff and is now recruiting another 40) plans has become the first practice in the country to implement the Eclipse Proclaim ABS PI. The firm specialises in personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence claims, and is implementing a number of strategies in readiness for the entrance of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) into the legal services sector.

The sector is expected to see heavy ABS involvement, as existing claims management, personal injury and medical reporting firms join forces and consolidate as single entities to avoid falling foul of proposed referral fee bans.  Proclaim ABS PI integrates initial claim handling, personal injury litigation and medical reporting in one centralised solution.

James Maxey, a partner at Express Solicitors, said: “There is a range of emotion at the moment regarding Alternative Business Structures.  Some law firms are nervous, others are burying their heads in the sand, and others see great opportunity.  We fall firmly into that last category and are preparing accordingly.  Not only are we increasing headcount by 50%, we are also implementing cutting edge software to provide a business-wide approach to the entire claims process. Proclaim ABS PI is a unique solution, and any personal injury organisation wanting to survive and thrive must seriously consider adopting it.”