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Back in-house: Bevan Brittan ends outsourcing agreement to bring 90 admin staff into the firm

LB100 firm Bevan Brittan has brought 90 administrative staff back into the firm, ending its six-year agreement with Intelligent Office UK – which takes outsourced services from professional services firms.

Bevan Brittan first transferred 75 staff in a back-office outsourcing deal in 2011, including secretarial, reception, specialist procurement, document production and print and mail services. It is understood that many of the same staff that joined Intelligent Office in 2011 have returned to Bevan Brittan.

In a statement, the firm said: ‘Following a review of the services provided, Bevan Brittan decided not to renew the contract with Intelligent Office. As a result over 90 people, currently employed by Intelligent Office and based across the Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London offices, transferred to Bevan Brittan.’

The firm’s managing partner Duncan Weir added: ‘We took the decision not to renew the contract with Intelligent Office as we want to manage the quality of these services ourselves. Our new colleagues transferring across from Intelligent Office play an important role in supporting our lawyers and looking after our clients when they are in our offices.’

A source at the firm also said that Bevan Brittan’s recent revenue growth meant that the firm was in a healthy financial position to bring the services back in-house onto the payroll, bringing the firm’s total number of staff to 400.

The firm saw turnover increase last year by 8% to £37.7m, while profit per equity partner jumped 6% to £306,000. Bevan Brittan has grown 9% from the financial year 2010-11 when turnover was £34m.

Other law firm clients listed by Intelligent Office as clients include HBJ Gateley, Wedlake Bell, Bircham Dyson Bell and Capsticks.