Freshfields chief speaks out

Freshfields chief executive Ted Burke has revealed that the magic circle firm is considering taking a leaf out of Clifford Chance’s book and outsouring some of its support functions.

Burke makes the revelation in the February edition of The Lawyer Podcast, now available to listen to at or to download on iTunes.

The podcast, which is a radio-style programme on the internet, also includes comments from Burke on the firm’s controversial restructuring and the difficulties involved in shedding 100 partners.

Tyco general counsel Trevor Faure discusses the recent overhaul of the company’s legal function and selection of Eversheds as its sole external adviser.

Meanwhile, White & Case‘s Peter Finlay and Heller Ehrman’s Matt Larrabee debate the McKinsey Report, commissioned by New York major Michael Bloomberg, which found that London is gaining ground as a financial centre on New York.

To listen to the podcast, visit or download it from iTunes.