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BT confirms extended relationship with law firms

13th February 2012

Telecommunications giant BT has agreed to extend its working relationship with three London-based law firms for a further year.

Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all been told that their original three-year contracts, signed in 2009, will all be renewed, allowing the practices to retain their positions on the corporations’ commercial panel.

A review of the company’s external legal relationships which was due to take place next month will now announce its findings in March 2013; this will also examine the positions of firms on BT’s real estate and litigation panels. The consultation will be headed up by Miles Joplin, who is responsible for international litigation and employment practice at the business, with senior commercial lawyer Steph Sharp overseeing the day-to-day workings of the process.

The BT announcement will come as welcome news for those in law recruitment and the wider industry, as corporate deals such as this now make up a significant proportion of business within the sector.