Clifford Chance gears up for major New Delhi boost

Clifford Chance is expanding its Indian legal support centre, with the number of lawyers working at its New Delhi facility set to grow to 40.

There are currently 29 lawyers working as consultants at the knowledge centre, but the firm’s annual review, published last week, revealed that it hopes to expand the offering by more than a third.

The knowledge centre was set up in 2007 with a team of four lawyers. It ­provides support for Clifford Chance’s global network on tasks such as research and analysis.
In the annual review, knowledge centre director Mark Ford said: “As the team increases in experience, the vision is to build a centre of excellence with expertise in areas across more of the firm’s businesses and jurisdictions.”

In the 2008-09 financial year, the centre took on 12,000 hours of Clifford Chance work on more than 300 projects (TheLawyer .com, 1 October 2009).

The firm has also revealed that it is looking to add more functions to its complementary global shared service centre (GSSC), also based in New Delhi. The GSSC was set up to provide finance and IT support to the firm. In recent months it has added analytics and business support services to the centre.