Staffing moves save money, promote efficiency

February 1st, 2013 by Altman Weil

Several recent stories highlight law firms’ ongoing attempts to cut costs and deliver services more efficiently by rethinking their staffing models. 

The AmLaw Daily noted Kaye Scholer’s intention to move 100 back-office jobs, primarily from New York City, to Tallahassee Florida.

“The new operations center should help Kaye Scholer respond to the continuing push by clients to control costs, with Tallahassee’s lower cost of living allowing the firm to save on real estate expenses and staff salaries. [Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey] Hunter also views the move as promoting efficiency: “We think that we can provide timelier and more responsive services to partners and—in turn—their clients by centralizing those services instead of having them scattered across our New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles offices,” he says.”

Read it at The AmLaw Daily

In a similar move in the UK, Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy announced they would relocate 43 US and European staff positions to their back office location in Belfast.

“With low economic growth across many developed markets, we must ensure we are operating in a way that will deliver the cost efficiencies our clients expect of us, so that we may protect the long-term competitiveness of our business,” Wim Dejonghe, the global managing partner for Allen & Overy, said in a statement.”

Read it at The AmLaw Daily 

The Legal Intelligencer reported that Blank Rome is offering buyouts “to its entire legal secretarial pool” as part of a rethinking of its secretarial needs:

“The reduction in legal secretaries is part of the firm’s overall effort to move into a more “efficient and flexible” service delivery model that better represents the fact that its younger attorneys are not utilizing secretaries the way more senior attorneys do.”

Read it at The Legal Intelligencer

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