A&O Belfast 'near shoring' deal shakes up template for reforming back-office functions
Allen & Overy (A&O) hopes to set a precedent for law firm offshoring with its plans to launch a 300-strong support centre in Belfast. While the firm is not the first to relocate support staff to lower-cost locations, it has taken a different tack to its rivals. A&O's decision means it avoids going as far as Clifford Chance, which has a service centre in India, or CMS Cameron McKenna, which is to outsource virtually its entire back office, but goes further than the likes of Linklaters, which has a small support office in Colchester.
City giant jolts market with plan to create 300-strong support staff centre in Belfast; 180 London jobs to go
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