Trowers climbs aboard the alternative workstyle wagon

Onshore or offshore? In-house or outsourced? Agile or not? Management issues are big news for law firms today and Trowers & Hamlins is the latest making waves.

The firm is launching a new Birmingham document production hub after 34 of its secretaries accepted voluntary redundancy. The new 21-strong team will all operate from the Midlands.

Trowers is not alone. Firms across the UK are creating support centres in regional bases to drive a more efficient production line. For Ashurst that meant opening a low-cost Glasgow hub while Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy journeyed to Belfast for their own back-office shift.

Berwin Leighton Paisner also formally joined the bandwagon this week, opening its doors on a new Manchester team to take on disaggregated work.

Trowers will be in good company in Birmingham. Hogan Lovells is setting up its own Legal Services Centre there in the autumn, though the focus will be on qualified lawyers rather than back-office services.

One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to new business models – a theme that will run through the upcoming The Lawyer Management Awards – but all firms should certainly be thinking about a trip to the changing room.

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