- In Practice
- In Business
- Moving On
Pinsent Masons boosts outsourcing trend with Krakow deal
City firm Pinsent Masons has become the latest law practice to outsource key services by sending documents to be reviewed in Poland.
The firm used Capita’s outsourced legal services operation in Krakow to review aspects of a large dispute.
Both parties had agreed on a number of matters covered by the documents, meaning that a significant amount of data was no longer relevant, whilst some information was still privileged.
The firm chose Capita’s purpose-built, 550-seat operation in central Krakow, where reviewers catalogued a total of 1.6m documents. Capita said that the legal process outsourcing operation, which opened in 2011, has 85 fee-earners recruited in Krakow.
James Cowan, head of legal services outsourcing at Capita, said: ‘In the midst of a recession and at an increasingly litigious time, law firms are facing downward cost pressures along with demands to increase their value contribution to litigation case management.’
Last week magic circle firm Allen & Overy announced the outsourcing of 67 back-office jobs to Belfast from offices in the US and continental Europe.
The firm has announced its intention to employ 300 staff in Northern Ireland by next year.
City firm Herbert Smith opened a Belfast office in April 2011 for a mixture of qualified lawyers and legal assistants. The firm has also looked to use its Belfast document review centre for cases from the Freehills side of its business.
Last October, insurance firm Keoghs announced a three-year partnership with IT services provider Steria to overhaul its infrastructure. The decision was made to save costs and improve productivity.
- Profits squeeze as top-50 firms open results season
- Legal aid champion Storer honoured
- Hudson questions SRA’s firm finances disclosure
- Hunt begins for new SRA chief
- Peer-to-peer pioneer
- EC in cartels drive
- Judges could quit over pensions
- Intervention row heads to Strasbourg
- SRA ‘wrong to pursue costs via conduct rules’
- Jackson prompts spurt in law firm start-ups
- Legal aid cuts ‘end high-profile BME cases’
- Carbon footprint down 7% in legal sector
- Mystery surrounds legal training report
- Family lawyers divided over Prest decision
- Consumer rights boost welcomed by Society
- Old Bailey offers peek at ‘Dead Man’s Walk’
- Thousands of court workers to strike on Monday
- RTA claims still high despite referral fee ban
- Law firms warned on debt recovery
- Ombudsman claims wider territory
- Exclusive: top judges compound Grayling’s PCT woes
- Supreme Court allows appeal in Prest v Petrodel
- Retreat is not an option, says Legal Services Board
- 30 high-impact firms in ‘serious financial difficulty’
- Mass arrest of lawyers in Istanbul protests
- SRA puts a price on extra intervention levy
- Juniors ‘on £14 a day’ after legal aid cuts, MPs hear
- Claims management ‘list of shame’ to go online