CMS makes 22 redundant and sends IT offshore

City firm CMS Cameron McKenna is to slash its IT staff count by two-thirds as part of its plan to outsource more of its work.

The firm has entered into a £10m ‘co-sourcing’ agreement with Indian firm HCL Technologies, which will see HCL providing integrated services, including data support, IT infrastructure management and application development for the firm.

CMS managing partner Dick Tyler commented: “Of course we’re trying to save costs, but this is much more about trying to provide best in class support to our lawyers, getting it from an organisation which employs thousands of IT specialists, provides a 24/7 service and can do things we can’t. It helps us to concentrate on providing the best service we can to our clients.”

He added that a number of Camerons’ IT staff would be transferred to HCL to become HCL employees.

Another 22 IT staff will be made redundant. The moves are expected to take place over the coming weeks.

The firm’s IT department currently has a headcount of around 70, including 20 non-IT print room staff.

“This agreement means we’re reducing the size of our own IT department by approximately two-thirds,” said Camerons head of IT Phillip Rooke.