Camerons partners give green light to outsourcing move

CMS Cameron McKenna has taken a major step towards finalising its outsourcing arrangement with Integreon after partners voted in favour of the move last night.

The deal will see large swathes of Camerons’ support staff transfer to the legal process outsourcer (LPO) next year. Integreon will establish a shared service centre at the firm’s City office with a capacity for up to 200 staff. The centre will ultimately be made available for use by other law firms.

A consultation process with all Camerons support staff is expected to begin in the New Year with the vast majority in non-sensitive roles thought to be in line for the move, which has been pencilled in for the spring.

It is still unclear whether the deal with Integreon will result in any redundancies for UK staff or what proportion will transfer to the outsourcer.

One Camerons partner commented: “A lot of the partners, especially the younger ones, are very pleased about this.

“It is innovative and something that our clients want us to do. They’ve told us it’s a great idea. Law firms can’t afford to stay behind the rest of the business world.”

Director of operations Tony Wright, who has spearheaded the move, has been on secondment at Integreon since May, when the deal was first announced. His role will transfer on a permanent basis when the arrangement comes into effect next year.