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RollOnFriday understands that Freshfields is moving a large chunk of its operations to Eastern Europe.
A source told RollOnFriday that under the firm's “modernise” programme, Freshfields is planning to relocate most of its back office work to Eastern Europe. Although some of that work will be retained in its Manchester base.
The Magic Circle firm has used PwC management consultants to advise on the move, said the insider, while Freshfields Global Head of Shared Services is spearheading the project.
Freshfields set up its low-cost office in Manchester in 2015, when it moved the majority of its UK support team and back office operations out of London. The northern hub also takes on certain types of legal work.
The firm would neither confirm or deny whether it was planning to offshore, onshore or nearshore its operations.
A spokeswoman told RollOnFriday: “We review our operations on a regular basis to ensure we are best-placed to deliver the optimum service for our global client base. However, we do not comment on rumour or speculation.”
The source told RollOnFriday that the firm was planning to make an announcement in May about the redeployment, so stay tuned (or not, as the case may be).