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Addleshaw Goddard to launch flexible resourcing business

Follows in footsteps of Eversheds, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Pinsent Masons, Freshfields and Allen & Overy  

10 February 2015

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Addleshaw Goddard has confirmed that it plans to launch its own flexible resource business, following the successes of 'Lawyers on Demand' and others by its peers.

The new service, which is currently unnamed, is intended to make the international law firm more agile and effective in meeting clients' needs.

"We are looking at developing our own flexible resourcing capability for both paralegals and qualified lawyers whose skills and experience are commensurate with our full-time resource," a spokesperson for the firm said.

"As we have seen an increase in activity levels, we have a need to look at additional resource and so our initial focus will be on areas where we either have high levels of secondment opportunities and commitments (so we will use the resource as a back fill for secondees) or where we need extra capacity on an interim basis for discrete assignments."

Addleshaw Goddard's latest initiative follows in the footsteps of a range of international law firms that have launched flexible resourcing businesses.

Berwin Leighton Paisner was the first international law firm to offer flexible resourcing with its 'Lawyers on Demand' business (launched in 2009). This was followed by Eversheds' 'Agile' (piloted in 2011), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's 'Continuum' (May 2012), Pinsent Masons' 'Vario' (spring 2013) and Allen & Overy's 'Peerpoint' (November 2013).

Last summer, a Managing Partner roundtable on the future of flexible resourcing suggested that law firms will need to collaborate further to maintain competitive advantage.

"Law firms [should] put their competitive instincts to one side and collaborate on ways of training good lawyers or accessing flexible resources," said Jill King, a member of Managing Partner's editorial advisory board and the former global head of HR at Linklaters.

Predicted Jordan Furlong, a legal innovation strategist at the Boston-based Suffolk University Law School: "I can see in future flex legal businesses becoming more closely integrated with a few specific firms or clients, becoming part of their talent and workflow ecosystem. The advantages that will flow include fewer conflicts of interest."

Addleshaw Goddard said a pilot of its new flexible resourcing business "went very well" and that it expects the service to provide the firm with "greater flexibility around our capacity and increased access to talented people".

Commented the firm's spokesperson: "This is just one of many initiatives that we are looking at to improve our agility and operational effectiveness."




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