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Eversheds Makes In-House Contract Lawyer Team Permanent as Expected 15-Attorney Roster Nears 80

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An experimental in-house contract lawyer service at a major United Kingdom-based law firm has gotten off to a bigger start than expected and has been made permanent a little over halfway into a one-year pilot program.

Eversheds now has almost 80 contract lawyers available to clients through Eversheds Agile, Legal Week reports.

The firm had expected to have about 10 to 15 attorneys on the Agile roster by the end of the trial period. The attorneys provided by the service are selected, supervised and insured by Eversheds, incontrast with standard-issue contract attorneys provided by a third-party vendor.

Partner Graham Richardson oversees the project. He said another planned venture, which would have teamed Eversheds with Accenture to provide legal process outsourcing has been tabled.

“There was no push from clients or partners for overseas outsourcing—they didn’t want their work done in India,” he explained.

Earlier coverage: “Eversheds Offers Clients an Alternative to Its Own Lawyers—Its Own Contract Lawyers”

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