11:25, July 20 226 0

2017-07-20 11:25:07
Linklaters launches low-cost legal centre in Italy

Linklaters has announced it will open a low-cost legal centre in Lecce in September, adding to the two offices it currently operates in Milan and Rome.

It is thought the firm will staff five lawyers initially, before increasing headcount to 10 lawyers.

A spokesperson for the firm said the alternative resourcing centre would provide paralegal support for work being done in Milan, as Lecce is a lower cost place to do business and hire lawyers.

The magic circle firm already operates two low cost centres, one in Colchester and one in Warsaw. The Colchester office opened in 1997 to safeguard the firm’s data in the event of a breach at the London offices, and also to provide a 24-hour support service to the firm’s office around the globe.

The spokesperson added: “The firm has had a really positive experience with Colchester and Warsaw. Having those two centres has been really valuable – this is an example of Linklaters being more innovative about lowering costs for clients and proves how important continental Europe is to the firm.”

In October last year, Linklaters expanded its Warsaw business services centre by 50 per cent following its move to new 48,000sq ft premises in the Polish city. Linklaters has six partners in Poland, 11 counsel and 40 associates, plus 70 support staff.

It is thought both back offices now house 200 lawyers each.

Other firms such as Freshfields operate back-office functions in the regions. Freshfields recently relocated its entire back office function to Manchester, from where it will also offer legal services to partners across its global offices. The final headcount target is around 700 in total.