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Allen & Overy (A&O) is weighing up options to contract out more back-office work, as part of a review of the City giant’s outsourcing arrangements.

The initiative sees the magic circle law firm consider plans to send more work, including due diligence and litigation discovery to an external provider.

A&O already outsources IT, document production, catering, business information and e-business functions to external companies. In addition, the firm outsources the core of its data and IT operations to SAVVIS, an IT service provider in the UK.

Functions including the maintenance of IT infrastructure, which supports the website, intranet and document management systems are managed by SAVVIS, but overseen by A&O’s director of IT, Jason Haines.

The current review will also compare the firm’s experience of outsourcing across different functions, in a move the firm concedes is cost-driven.

Jonathan Brayne, chairman of A&O’s India group, who is part of the current outsourcing working group, commented: “We have been pulling together what we are doing bit by bit.

“We want to ensure we have best practice and we want to make sure we are learning lessons together. Every part of the firm is planning to keep costs down.”

A&O is among a raft of City firms that outsource work, with service provider Exigent recently contracting work from Lovells.

The City firm kickstarted a pilot scheme to outsource nearly all of its documentation work to South Africa in October.

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