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Eversheds will shed up to 95 secretarial staff as the firm prepares to outsource its documentation processes with outsourcing company Exigent.
The firm is in the process of rolling out documentation to an offshore site after completing a pilot with Exigent in its Cambridge office.
Earlier this year The Lawyer reported that the firm piloted the outsourcing scheme in its Cambridge office, with 10 secretaries being put on gardening leave between May and July (25 May 2009). It is understood that the 10 employees are still on gardening leave.
Since the end of the pilot Eversheds has looked at ways of rolling out the outsourcing scheme across its offices. The firm has decided that it requires one secretary for every four fee-earners with the rest of its needs being met by Exigent. Currently there is one secretary for every 3.4 fee-earners.
Eversheds managing partner Lee Ranson said: “The pilot was designed for us to evaluate how outsourcing works on the ground. We then went back to the business to discuss exactly how it would work across the firm. It will affect offices differently.”
The firm is announcing the initiative to its staff today and will begin rolling it out across its UK offices between now and Christmas.
Ranson said: “This is something that was taken up in other professions a long time ago. The legal profession is just starting to look at this now.”
Earlier today TheLawyer.com reported that 22 associates from Eversheds’ real estate team are in redundancy consultation (10 September 2009).