Optima Legal Services told to sever links with outsourcing giant Capita by SRA

News Article - 19/01/2012 : law society, outsourcing, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Marketing & BD, Marketing & BD, Practice Management

SRA comes down on Optima-Capita deal despite leading counsel giving green light to investment strategy

Volume powerhouse Optima Legal Services has been told to sever links with outsourcing giant Capita after the Solicitors Regulation...

RBS to favour reformed panel over offshoring to cut legal costs in 2010

News Article - 19/01/2012 : lpo, offshoring, outsourcing, panel, rbs, Finance, Finance, Technology, Practice Management

Incoming RBS general counsel Chris Campbell is considering introducing a Mexican wave-style relationship between his panel firms in a bid to reduce the bank's £200m annual legal spend.

Deputy general counsel Campbell, who will take control...

Simmons closes results season with falls in both PEP and revenue

News Article - 19/01/2012 : financial results, outsourcing, pep, revenue, VAT, Finance, Finance

Simmons & Simmons has revealed its official financial results for 2009-10, posting an 11.3% drop in profits per equity partner (PEP).

The UK top 15 law firm's PEP now stands at £461,000, down almost £60,000 from the figure...

Camerons battles backlash from controversial outsourcing deal

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

CMS Cameron McKenna has admitted that a ­number of elements of its business support function may be retained in-house after ­facing a barrage of criticism over its deal with outsourcing specialist Integreon.

Since the news of the £600m...

CMS Cameron McKenna outsources all support services in £600m deal

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, Finance, Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Practice Management

CMS Cameron McKenna has become the first firm to outsource its entire business support function after agreeing a £600m deal with Integreon.

The game-changing agreement will see the top 20 firm sublet a floor of its City HQ to Integreon and...

Fox Williams outsource their IT to Tikit

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

Tikit is delighted to announce the signing of a three year contract with Fox Williams LLP to outsource all IT Support and Service functions.

Under this agreement, Tikit will provide Fox Williams with a fully Managed Service Support Desk,...

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...