What are the possible benefits - I don't see any for my firm?
The legislation aims to increase options for firms in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Firms, big and small, are already diversifying, offering online legal services and other niche market services and there is already an element of cherry-picking going on, with many firms having ceased to do civil legal aid.
There may be motivational advantages in allowing an enhanced role for non-solicitors already working in firms and providing client facing advice or in administration roles. In England and Wales, the first phase of the Legal Services Act has been adopted and non-solicitor managers have become partners or members.