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Niche public service firm latest to convert to ABS

PUBLISHED August 29, 2012

Wednesday 29 August 2012 by Gazette reporter

A niche London legal practice styled as the only UK firm focusing on public service delivery is the latest to become an alternative business structure (ABS).

TPP Law Limited, based in Bankside, central London, was founded in 2001 by current managing director Mark Johnson, a former Devonshires partner and the former head of projects at Eversheds, Graham Burns, who has since left. The pair focused on public-private partnership and government projects, targeting smaller schemes for which large firms' fees were prohibitive. It also works with charities and social enterprises.

One of Johnson's co-directors now is solicitor Owen Willcox, formerly of Lawrence Graham and previously head of legal and democratic services at Harlow District Council.

The firm's website declares: 'We work in partnership with central government, local authorities, NHS bodies, contractors and service providers, charities, social enterprises, and their funders. We help our clients manage risk and create innovative and commercial solutions which improve the lives of citizens.'

TPP Law operates a discrete service, TPP Law Direct, which offers clients the option to access legal documents online for a fixed fee.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority announced that TPP Law had been granted an ABS licence this afternoon. TPP is the 13th ABS approved so far this month.