LEWIS Silkin has begun outsourcing sophisticated disputes work to litigation partners at a law firm in New Zealand.
The top 100 firm has given high-level sports and employment work to Minter Ellison, the Australian-headquartered firm that is carrying out outsourced work for UK firms (The Lawyer, 17 May 2010).
In what could be a first for the outsourcing market, senior litigation partners at Minter Ellison are drafting opinions on rugby disciplinary deals, sponsorship agreements and disputes. The former general counsel of the New Zealand Rugby Union and current Minter Ellison consultant Stephen Cottrell is managing the account.
Managing partner of Minter Ellison, Mark Weenink, said that his firm is responsible for 10-70 per cent of the opinions and proceedings concerned, which are subsequently scrutinised by UK lawyers.
Memery Crystal has also begun outsourcing to Minter Ellison for oil and gas-related due diligence.