Herbies’ Irish jig

It’s a big week for outsourcing, what with CMS Cameron McKenna kicking off its plans yesterday (see story). And it’s a big week for the island of Ireland, what with, well, you know…

So hat’s off to Herbert Smith, which has nailed the news agenda in the face by combining the two and opening a litigation support office in Belfast (see story).

Herbies’ dispute resolution clients will now be offered the choice of using the Northern Irish function for the exciting tasks of reviewing and analysing docs. Given that surveys of clients regularly find that they prefer a) paying less for work, as opposed to b) paying more for work, the venture should be a success.

“The Belfast office will make a new range of resourcing options available to clients,” said the firm’s litigation head honcho Sonya Leydecker in the latest example of a lawyer being incapable of using the word “cheaper”.

And, best of all, no one’s going to lose their jobs over this. Which makes this story a little different from a certain other Irish tale doing the rounds this week…