The motoring services giant announced today it has won approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to operate its own legal services arm, AA Law.
The new business, a joint venture with solicitors Lyons Davidson, will start trading on 1 December and will be limited at first to personal injury and other car accident claims.
Janet Pell, the head of AA Law, said: “This is a goal we have been working towards ever since ABS was announced and I’m delighted that we have been able to do this with the expertise of the widely-trusted law firm, Lyons Davidson.”
“It is a natural fit for the AA, its legal helpline and its motor legal expenses policy, which is already supported by Lyons Davidson,” she added.
A host of companies in the consumer sector have applied for the ABS licence since the new regime allowing non-lawyers to own or invest in law firms came into force in 2011.
Telecoms firm BT was granted a licence in March while Saga and Direct Line have also applied to enter the legal services sector.