Shortly after deciding to move its back-office staff to Manchester, magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is now looking to open two further legal and service business centres, it has emerged.
Advertisements for jobs at the firm’s Manchester site, which is due to open later this year, reveal plans to set up support sites in Asia and the US.
The advert reads: ‘Our aspiration is to establish two further sites in addition to this first site in Manchester – one in the US and one in Asia-Pacific – giving our lawyers the worldwide 24/7 support they need to deliver excellent client service’.
‘You will be joining us at the start of this initiative, and helping to shape this new and exciting way of delivering our global services.’
The plan to outsource legal service work follows the firm’s decision earlier this year to move its back-office staff to Manchester, in a move that will initially affect 400 staff.
It has signed a lease to take up 40,000 square feet at Arndale House this month, and is said to be looking to rent 100,000 sq ft for a larger move in 2017.
Anup Kollanethu, previously the managing director of transformation and global shared services at Aviva Investors, was hired to run the new site.