Legal watchdog set to scrutinise law firm outsourcing contracts

News Article - 19/01/2012 : compliance, outsourcing, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Risk & Compliance, Risk & Compliance, Practice Management

City law firms may have to renegotiate their outsourcing arrangements as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) moves to regulate outsourcing for the first time.

The new Code of Conduct to be published next week (6 April) sees the SRA...

Camerons votes in former MP Tyler as firm's new senior partner

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

CMS Cameron McKenna's former managing partner Dick Tyler has been elected as the firm's new senior partner.

Tyler saw off competition from consumer products sector head Louise Wallace in the third and final round of voting which closed on...

Camerons moves HR function to Integreon following consultation

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, Human Resources, Human Resources, Risk & Compliance, Practice Management

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to outsource its entire human resources (HR) team as part of its agreement to transfer its back-office support functions to Integreon from 1 April.

The firm, which this week closed its consultation on the...

Deutsche expands adviser line-up and sets up Berlin 'near-shoring' arm

News Article - 19/01/2012 : outsourcing, redundancies, Risk & Compliance, Risk & Compliance, Practice Management

Deutsche Bank has expanded the number of external law firms with which it has formal relationships, with the news coming as the bank's in-house legal team prepares to set up its own low-cost legal processing centre in Berlin.

The German-...

Sprecher Grier Halberstam LLP signs an IT managed services contract with Tikit

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

Tikit is delighted to announce a contract with Sprecher Grier Halberstam LLP to provide all of their IT support and strategic consultation, as part of a fully Managed Service.

Founded in 1984, Sprecher Grier Halberstam LLP provides fast,...

Outsource some of your legal work to Northern Ireland, mid-sized firms urged

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

Mid-sized law firms in England and Wales should consider the opportunities presented by outsourcing parts of their work to Northern Ireland, it was claimed last week.

Norville Connolly, senior vice-president of the Law Society of Northern...

HR chiefs lose outsourcing powers to finance and CEOs

News Article - 19/01/2012 : ceridian, outsourcing, Finance, Finance, Human Resources

HR chiefs have lost control over making outsourcing decisions, as finance directors and chief executives look to rein in costs during the recession, research has revealed.

A study of 250 senior HR professionals by outsourcing firm...

No longer a dirty word

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

We've come a long way from the days when outsourcing was associated with overseas call centres and poor customer service.

Once a slightly dirty word in the business world, outsourcing is now widely accepted as being a useful and routine...

Camerons to cut or relocate one third of support staff in outsourcing deal

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

CMS Cameron McKenna is to either lay off or relocate almost one third of its support staff as a result of its outsourcing agreement with Integreon.

The firm began informing staff internally about the final details of the agreement...

Managing the risks of outsourcing, part 2: the Solicitors Code of Conduct

News Article - 19/01/2012 : compliance, outsourcing, practice management, solicitors regulation authority, Human Resources, Human Resources, Risk & Compliance, Practice Management

In the second part of his examination of the regulatory issues arising out of outsourcing (part one is here), Duncan Finlyson of Legal Futures Associate Lawyers Defence Group outlines the relevant provisions in the Solicitors Code of Conduct...

Looking to 2020: growth of global law firms “is just beginning”, says report

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

International law firms face growing threats to their share of the global legal market over the next decade, with likely challenges from Chinese firms, future market crashes and protectionism high on the agenda.

According to a report by...

Osborne Clarke outsources 75 support staff

News Article - 19/01/2012 : osborne clarke, outsourcing, Human Resources, Human Resources

Osborne Clarke has agreed a £50m that will see it transfer 75 support staff to outsourcing company Integreon. Former Osborne Clarke chief operating officer Chris Bull will join the US-headquartered legal process outsourcing (LPO) company in the...

Virtual Practices' SaaS and outsourced legal cashiering supports JBS Solicitors' success

News Article - 19/01/2012 : jbs solicitors, outsourcing, sos connect, virtual practices, Finance, Finance, Technology

Start-up JBS Solicitors has turned to Virtual Practices, the on-line software and outsourced legal cashiering...

Countdown to outcomes-focused regulation begins as SRA publishes handbook

News Article - 19/01/2012 : compliance, outsourcing, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Risk & Compliance, Risk & Compliance, Practice Management

Solicitors, law firms and would-be alternative business structures (ABSs) today get first sight of the new SRA Handbook, the 563-page guide to practising and running a legal practice.

The Handbook – delivered on schedule and exactly six...

Fixed fees, senior service, outsourcing: is that enough to make Radiant shine?

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

The technology boutique that launched last week with lawyers from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), Latham & Watkins and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is considering radical plans that would see its associated business take over an in-house...