He says: "As a result of my move we will consider the bank's position of legal work and legal advisers. We will be reviewing our need for external advice."
But Bank of Ireland does not appear to have told its outside legal advisers of Lorimer's decision to review its panel.
Ruth Fox, a financial regulation partner at Slaughter and May, who advised Bank of Ireland on its merger talks with Alliance & Leicester, says: "I don't know anything about Bank of Ireland changing its outsourcing."
And Leonard Goodrich, head of property at Lewis Silkin, says: "We are still on their panel."