Freshfields to hire international project management team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s dispute resolution head is recruiting a new global leadership team responsible for project management and could lure an in-house contact to take overall responsibility for the group.

Dispute resolution head Christopher Pugh will hire around six new project managers with potential candidates coming from within the firm as well as from in-house and accountancy backgrounds.

The new global management team is a bid to join up service around the world and extend Freshfields’ current project management capabilities. The existing team is spread across the firm’s offices and helps with billing, budgeting and client reporting.

The global team will span jurisdictions and take overall responsibility for supporting the firm’s major client relationships, with two individuals likely to be based in the US and continental Europe as well as one in each of London and Asia.

The plan was confirmed by the litigation group within the last three months and names are expected to be finalised by the end of the year, with the firm exploring hires from non-legal backgrounds.

The idea comes amid increased pressure on litigators to comply with strict case management regimes following the implementation of the Jackson reforms aimed at cutting the cost of civil litigation.

Billing, case management timelines and cost budgeting have all been put under the spotlight as a result with firms considering ways to ensure global consistency of service and approach.

Pugh said: “We’re continuing to invest in building a team that can project manage cases and client relationships internationally.

“Clients are increasingly focused on efficiency of delivery and we are putting in place an international team that can lead the market in this area with specialists in London, continental Europe, the US and Asia.”