BUPA cuts back legal spend in panel review
Global healthcare giant BUPA has slashed its spend on external legal fees after inviting firms to offer more competitive rates as part of its tender process. General counsel Paul Newton began reviewing the company's M&A, litigation and procurement advisors in February. After creating a shortlist, the firms were invited to render their services at lower rates in an e-auction style process. It is understood that the review has led to a 30% reduction in the company's legal costs.Initially, each of the three areas was served by four firms, but following the review, the M&A panel has been split into two - one for large and the other for small transactions - and will be covered by five firms. The litigation and procurement panels will now host three firms each.
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