More international law firms centralizing business services

by Steve Randall20 May 2016
More international law firms centralizing business services
The trend among international law firms to centralize certain business functions is adding two more to the list and in one case, Asia-Pac could be impacted.

UK media reports say that Norton Rose Fulbright is to move 170 operation roles to the Philippines. The Manilla services centre is to open this September with 5 per cent of the firm’s global workforce affected.

It is believed that most of the roles impacted will be in the US, Europe, Africa and Middle East but the Law Society Gazette says 15 per cent will be from Asia-Pacific. This has not been confirmed by NRF.

However, the firm’s COO Mark Whitley told UK publication Legal Business: “This change will mean that we will have to take some tough decisions regarding our people.” No fee earners are affected.

Meanwhile, Dentons has confirmed that it is opening a central business services operation in Poland later this year.

The Warsaw-based unit will provide services including finance, business development and marketing, human resources and IT “predominantly” for its Europe, and UK Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) regions.
 
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