Kennedys signs outsourcing deal with Integreon as it beefs up in Manchester

Kennedys has signed a three-year outsourcing deal with Integreon that will see five library and information services staff transfer to the back office services provider.

Kennedys has transferred its team of five information services staff to Integreon’s London City offices on 1 May as part the firm’s first agreement to outsource library services.

Kennedys chief executive Guy Stobart said: “The driver behind this review is the requirement to have a scalable and first-class service to meet our growth aspirations. A key element in the selection of Integreon, and the planning of the transition, was that jobs were not lost and staff would continue to work nearby.”

Under the agreement Integreon will supply a central enquiry desk, legal and business research services and hardcopy library management.

CMS Cameron McKenna, Osborne Clarke, Farrer & Co and Thomas Eggar have also outsourced their library and information services to Integreon, although CMS and Osborne Clarke reviewed their contracts with the outsourcer recently and moved some operational functions back in-house (7 May 2013).

Separately the firm has also strengthened its office in Manchester, hiring DAC Beachcroft partner Claire Bushen and Freeth Cartwright’s head of sport and entertainment Simon Taylor along with a team of two. The hires take Kennedys’ Manchester office headcount to 48.

Kennedys’ senior partner Nick Thomas said in a statement: “We now have one of the largest professional indemnity teams in the UK and act for more than 50 insurers. To facilitate this growth it is crucial that we continue to grow our own people and make strong lateral hires.”

Bushen, who trained at DAC and then rejoined the firm in 2006, is a professional indemnity expert with experience defending claims against a range of professionals including accountants, insurance brokers, estate agents and solicitors.

Taylor was brought into bolster the firm’s specialist sport, entertainment and insurance capabilities. He brings with him solicitor Andrew Martin and trainee Nick Spearing.