Clifford Chance's 'imaginative' Carillion acquisition attracts plaudits as deal hands firm new cost-saving capacity

Firm's surprise acquisition of Carillion business points to shift away from reliance on India back office support

“If you’d have said years ago that a magic circle law firm would be hoovering up a 60-strong paralegal centre in Newcastle, I would have been surprised.”

The view from one law firm managing partner sums up the reaction by many to the news this week that Clifford Chance (CC) has sealed a deal to acquire Carillion’s Newcastle-based legal services arm, Carillion Advice Services (CAS).

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