CMS Cameron McKenna is shutting down part of its facilities services arrangement with Integreon, becoming the latest in a growing number of UK firms to change elements of its relationship with the outsourcing provider.
In a statement Camerons managing partner Duncan Weston confirmed that the firm was set to move elements of its facilities management away from the back-office support business. The firm has begun a consultation for support staff involved in its £600m contract.
“Integreon remains a trusted and strategic procurement partner for us in delivering efficiencies for the firm and our clients,” he said.
“In collaboration with Integreon and as part of good business practice, we continually review all aspects of these services to ensure those efficiencies are maintained. We can confirm that we’re currently considering the possibility of an alternative third-party provider for one part of the facilities services currently provided by Integreon. In addition, we’re working with Integreon to increase the provision of legal process support for our firm and our clients.
“Employees have been informed and both CMS and Integreon are committed to confirming final decisions as soon as possible.”
It is not yet clear precisely which elements of facilities will be affected although it is thought to include elements of maintenance, health and safety and reception. The consultation began on 20 March and is expected to conclude by the end of May. It is unclear how many staff will be affected.
Camerons is the latest firm to rejig its relationship with Integreon. Last year Bristol firm TLT also ended a deal with outsourcing business for part of its back office support while earlier this week The Lawyer reported that Osborne Clarke is set to scale back its Integreon contract by transferring most of its support services back into the firm.
In May 2010 Camerons signed a £600m deal with Integreon for it to supply its entire back office function.