CMS Cameron McKenna has signed a £600m deal with outsourcer Integreon for it to supply its entire back office function.
The agreement will see the City firm become the first to outsource the whole of its business support services in a move described as “groundbreaking” by managing partner Duncan Weston.
Integreon will sublet a floor at Camerons’ London office and move as many as 200 support staff over to the site.
The scheme, which has been given the working title ’Project Skylark’, is then expected to be rolled out across the CMS network, with Integreon hoping that other firms will then buy services developed in conjunction with Camerons.
Camerons director of operations Tony Wright, who will begin a secondment at Integreon in June as part of the due diligence process, said: “With the investment that comes from focusing on that as a core business we get a service that’s better than any back office law firm can deliver themselves.”
Weston said: “We hope this is something that transforms the sector.”
Last year Osborne Clarke also reached an agreement with Integreon that saw 75 support staff transfer to the outsourcer.
Integreon’s president of global sales John Croft said he expected the model to be taken up by more firms in the future.
“It gets more efficient for everyone the more firms that are involved,” he said. “We’re confident we’ll bring in other firms under similar arrangements.”
This story was first reported on TheLawyer.com on 14 May 2010.