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Friday, March 16, 2007
Beachcroft launches outsourcing guidelines

Manchester-based commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, today launches a new guide to outsourcing in response to increasing concerns from UK business regarding the outsourcing process. The guide is aimed at business leaders who may be considering outsourcing IT or business processes and is designed to improve understanding of the complex commercial issues associated with outsourcing.

Pauline Cowie, technology and commerce partner at Beachcroft in Manchester, explains, "There are signs that outsourcing is now being embraced with a new vigour. The balance of power has shifted from suppliers to purchasers.

"Purchasers have learned some hard lessons from the first generation of outsourcing deals and are obviously keen to avoid the mistakes of the past, but this has created a new danger of over-engineered, one-sided contracts, leading to fractious relationships. Indeed, as many as one in three deals never get to contract signing, leading to a huge waste of time, money and effort."

The guide takes readers through the entire outsourcing process - from the outset of looking at the pros and cons of outsourcing, through to planning an outsourcing deal, looking at ways to estimate costs and savings, how to deal with resistance to implementation, and methods for measuring success.

If you would like a copy of the guidelines, please contact Pauline Cowie - pcowie@beachcroft.co.uk.


For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottinngernorth.co.uk
01625 506444

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.
The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 198 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial litigation, commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk


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