Slaughters ponders enhanced LPO options

Slaughter and May is considering northshoring and farming work out as it identifies its legal process outsourcing intentions.

A source close to the ­matter said the firm had ­considered outsourcers’ ­proposals to transfer work from southern England to the North.

The firm set up a panel of three outsourcers, thought to include CPA Global and Exigent, last October. It is understood to have made use of outsourcing for document review in dispute resolution, but is finding it harder to outsource M&A work.

One of the biggest ­challenges for proponents of outsourcing at the highly conservative firm is said to be satisfying partners that the process can be set up fast enough in a deal situation.

“The challenge is ­convincing people here that you can set up outsourcing quickly,” commented one partner.

Slaughters indicated last year that it would put ­outsourcing options in place in case clients demanded it.

Executive partner Graham White said there was “no firmwide initiative” to step up the firm’s outsourcing facilities. He added that the firm’s use of outsourcing had “been pretty steady” and that “people approach us at least once a week”.