Accenture invites tenders in legal rejig

News Article - 19/01/2012 : clifford chance, outsourcing, Marketing & BD, Marketing & BD, Practice Management

Global management consultancy and outsourcing and technology company Accenture is preparing to overhaul its legal roster.

As part of a regular three-year review, UK general counsel Patrick Rowe is drawing up a list of firms, with a view to...

No easy answers - Outsourcing Under the Spotlight

News Article - 19/01/2012 : it infrastructure, it investment, outsourcing, Technology, Technology

Last month I painted a rather grim picture of the legal profession 15 years hence. Colleagues described it as science fiction or science fantasy, but there is little doubt that the legal sector will change.

There are those who are keen on...

Senior lawyers warn future will not be driven by firms

News Article - 19/01/2012 : Legal Services Act, outsourcing, Practice Management, Practice Management

Law firms will have to get used to competing against non-legal entrants to the market, senior lawyers have predicted in a set-piece debate on the future of the profession.

The debate during Legal Week's Future of Legal Services Forum saw...

Outsourcing back office work helps firms focus on law

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, Practice Management, Practice Management

The legal profession is often accused of remaining in the Dark Ages when it comes to how we present our business to the ­outside world.

The fact is there are other non-legal organisations more adept at engaging with the consumer, and these...

New boutique firm CANDEY LLP opts for outsourced accounts as a service from Virtual Practices

News Article - 19/01/2012 : legal accounting, outsourcing, virtual practices, Finance, Finance, Technology

CANDEY LLP, a boutique firm founded last year in Lincoln's Inn has selected Virtual Practices for accounts, integrated with time recording and secure online legal cashiering delivered as a service. CANDEY LLP's office premises may be old...

Pinsents' legal outsourcing strategy moves up a gear

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, pinsent masons, Technology, Technology

Pinsents, which earlier this year became the first firm to outsource legal rather than secretarial work (The Lawyer, 22 June), is in the process of deciding which areas of legal work will be outsourced to South Africa. To date it has only...

Eversheds restructuring to affect 117 jobs

News Article - 19/01/2012 : eversheds, flexible working, outsourcing, redundancies

Eversheds has entered into its fourth redundancy round with the top 10 UK law firm putting 117 roles under threat.

The consultation, announced today (10 September), will affect up to 22 fee earners in its real estate practice in what the...

Do more with less

News Article - 19/01/2012 : accounting, outsourcing, Finance, Finance

In today's global marketplace, competition dictates that businesses do more with less - keeping costs low and quality of service high while generating and sustaining growth and profitability.

For many businesses, improving back-office...

India outsourcer sets up in Manchester as LPO focus shifts to PI and conveyancing

News Article - 19/01/2012 : conveyancing, outsourcing, pii, Finance, Finance

Indian outsourcing company Mangalam Information Technologies has set up an office in Manchester as it explores the opportunities for legal process outsourcing (LPO) in the UK, including "low hanging fruits" such as personal injury (PI) and...

Over half of firms have lost or expect to lose work to non-lawyer competitors, says survey

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, Practice Management, Practice Management

Over half of all law firms have either lost business to a non-lawyer competitor or expect to in the future, a new survey from accountants Baker Tilly has revealed.

The survey entitled the 'Legal Services Act Index', which was conducted as...

Weightmans turns the spotlight on leadership

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, Practice Management, Practice Management

Weightmans managing partner Paddy Gaul is not a man given to making bold statements.

So when he tells The Lawyer that the firm is going to start a strategy review on 1 November that will examine all aspects of the business it is a fair...

Mayer Brown signs deal to outsource London office support staff

News Article - 19/01/2012 : mayer brown, outsourcing, support staff, Practice Management, Practice Management

Mayer Brown has sold its UK corporate secretarial practice to outsourcing provider TMF Group in a deal which will see a team of six support staff transfer to TMF's London HQ later this year.

TMF has previously negotiated similar agreements...

BLP's turnover rockets 30 per cent in first half

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, revenue, tax, Finance, Finance

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has posted a 30 per cent increase in fee income at the half year level.

The firm brought in £103m for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year, up from £79m for the comparable period last...

White & Case City office sees firmwide costs share rise 60%

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, redundancies, Finance, Finance

White & Case's London office was charged around £7.4m towards running the firm in 2009 by New York - an increase of nearly 60% on the previous year.

The US firm's UK limited liability partnership (LLP) accounts for 2009 show the...

Thomson Reuters enters LPO market with Pangea3 takeover

News Article - 19/01/2012 : compliance, financial results, outsourcing, revenue, risk management, us law firms, Technology, Technology

International business information group Thomson Reuters has entered the legal processing outsourcing market (LPO) with the acquisition of Pangea3, it has been announced.

The deal, for an undisclosed amount, sees Thomson acquire one of the...