The Lawyer’s new China Elite report contains the most detailed research available on the PRC legal market and contains unparalleled insight into the country's leading law firms. They vary in size, practice focus and geographic coverage, but they all share one common quality – ambition... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Eversheds has begun rolling out its support services outsourcing deal, sending procurement work to Accenture in Milton Keynes.
The arrangement is the result of a seven-year agreement, which will also see Eversheds outsource HR, administration, accounting and business processes over the next 12 months.
The vast majority of the work will be offshored to India, meaning that almost 100 roles are to go.
The firm has offered the staff concerned the option of staying on for a minimum of six months. “We don’t make savings in the first year, we’ll be spending money,” said managing partner Lee Ranson.
He said shipping out the procurement work allowed Accenture to “bring much greater purchasing power to the proposition” by bundling together deals for Eversheds with other major clients.
The deal is relatively small fry for Accenture, which is used to signing deals with the likes of BAE Systems and Shell. But Ranson argued that this does not necessarily mean that Eversheds had little negotiating power with the outsourcing provider.
“We’re the first in legal they’ve looked at. They want us to be an apostle because they want to grow in the legal sector,” he said.