SJ Berwin in talks to outsource 20-person document production unit

SJ Berwin is in the early stages of talks to outsource its document production unit amid a surge by City firms to seek out more efficient ways of operating.

The group currently houses roughly 20 individuals employed by SJ Berwin, with the firm recently engaging in discussions with them to inform them of the potential move.

Details are unclear and the talks are embryonic, with no proposals going to management yet for approval. It is understood the project is being handled by one its secretarial managers, with strategy director Rachel Reid also thought to be involved. Any decision would ultimately be signed off by managing partner Rob Day.

An SJ Berwin spokesperson said: “As with most other leading professional law firms, we continue to look at outsourcing as an option. We are currently considering the option to outsource our document production unit team but discussions are still at an early stage.”

The news follows SJ Berwin’s appointment of its first-ever COO in the shape of senior McKinsey & Company figure Rick Baumgartner, who starts in September (4 July 2013).

Ashurst is set to open a low-cost base in Glasgow later this year, in which all staff will be employed directly by the firm (12 June 2013), while Kennedys recently unveiled an outsourcing deal with Integreon (20 May 2013).

SJ Berwin’s average profit per equity partner for 2012/13 is expected to be 10 per cent down on the previous financial year, with revenue up 2.5 per cent (17 June 2013).