Say hi to low-cost Manchester

Berwin Leighton Leighton (BLP) jumped on the low-cost legal work bandwagon this week when it unveiled plans to open an office in Manchester. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg was at pains to stress that this was more than just your typical commodity offering, describing it as part of a four-pronged process mapping and outsourcing programme which would also include the extension of BLP’s Lawyers On Demand service to include virtual transaction teams.

“What we’ve been working on for a while now is how we bring those strands together in an integrated way,” said Eisenberg. In practice what that appears to look like is BLP joining the race to the north.

Meanwhile diversity, particularly along gender lines, has jumped to the head of the news queue with developments from both Herbert Smith Freehills and Pinsent Masons, both of which are targeting a significantly higher level of female partnership.

Meanwhile in finance circles there were nods of approval and the occasional sound of ‘hear, hear’ as the House of Lords called for HMRC’s changes to the taxation of salaried members to be delayed for a year to allow for further consultation.

The Lawyer is currently running its own consultation on the changes – have your say here.

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