How will IR35 changes affect the “dispersed”, “umbrella” or “virtual” legal service providers?

What is a “dispersed” or “umbrella” or a “virtual” legal service provider?

These firms are essentially a legal hub with a minimal bricks and mortar presence supporting a central admin and IT staff and they operate using a bank of consultant lawyers operating through their own individual personal service companies (“PSC”) tied in various ways to the central firm.

Fees earned are effectively shared between the individual PSC of the solicitor giving the advice to/acting for the client and the central firm. A good description of these types of firms written by LexisNexisPSL can be read here.

This article was originally written by Patrick Cannon for Contractor Weekly, the full article can be read by following this link.

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