York-based Pavilion Row aims for expansion

The Yorkshire-based private client firm Pavilion Row is gearing up for growth after being approved as an alternative business structure (ABS)

Sunday, 4th February 2018, 4:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th February 2018, 4:06 pm
Angus Houston of Pavilion Row Photo: Allan Scott photograpy

ABS allows outsiders to take equity stakes in law firms, creating major opportunities for expansion.

Pavilion Row has also been granted a probate licence by the specialist property law regulator, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

The York-based firm is one of only 52 Society of Trust & Estate Practitioner, or STEP, accredited employer partners worldwide.

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It provides private client services such as wills, powers of attorney and probate and estate administration services to financial professionals and networks, accountants and non-private client solicitors throughout England and Wales.

Managing director Angus Houston said this was a significant milestone in the firm’s growth. 

He added: “Dealing with wills and probate are both areas where it is important to have knowledge, as well as sensitivity and the ability to work with people at a personal level. Our new status gives our customers even more protection through both the Legal Ombudsman and a compensation fund.

“We chose the CLC as we felt that we could form a strong working relationship with them and they seemed to take a broader view of alternative style firms than other regulators.”

Stephen Ward, director of strategy and external relations at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, said: “The council sets high standards of client protection, beginning with the rigorous process for approving the entry of a new firm into regulation.”