Flexible resource scheme implemented at Baker Botts
17th February 2014
Global firm Baker Botts is launching a new flexible working scheme from its London office to combat outsourcing to a range of other UK firms in sub-contracts. The scheme will start with the firm’s London office and then, if successful, will be rolled out across other offices throughout the country.
The scheme is effectively going to facilitate the recruitment of locum legal jobs in London, so that the practice can use lawyers on a full-time self-employed consultancy basis in order to use individual lawyers carrying a Baker Botts business card, rather than other firms. Dreamt up by London managing partner Steve Wardlaw, the scheme is initially going to focus on the areas of employment, tax and real estate.
The as yet unnamed scheme is looking to bring much of the firm’s deals work in-house, rather than outsourcing to various other firms in the country. While Baker Botts wishes to maintain the relationships it has established with such firms as Pinsent Masons and Stephenson Harwood, it is hoped that this new scheme will serve both the firm and its new lawyers who will be coming into these positions well.