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BT plans expanded legal services operation

16th February 2012

Following an announcement that telecommunications operators BT are to extend the contracts of three law firms on their commercial board, the corporation has now revealed plans to widen the remit of subsidiary BT Claims.

Following the introduction through legislation in January of the Alternative Business Structure (ABS) model, British Telecom has confirmed that it intends to start providing legal advice to external companies. The general consensus is that the service will mainly focus on issues faced by commercial vehicles, as it is BT’s own 35,000-plus fleet that the Claims department currently deals with. There is speculation, however, that their areas of specialism will broaden over time.

With a good deal of London legal jobs expected to be created by the move, hopes are high within the conglomerate that a number of insurance outfits, brokers and other businesses will now be persuaded to take advantage of the increased claims services BT will be offering.