Field Fisher signs up to £18.5m facilities outsourcing deal

Field Fisher Waterhouse has signed an £18.5m deal to outsource its European facilities department to Rollright Facilities.

The five-year contract, which was agreed last month and will take effect as of today (6 June), will see facilities management company Rollright manage the UK top 30 firm’s 20-person facilities team in London, as well as giving the firm access to Rollright’s staff across Europe.

The company will also look after associated services, such as postroom, print production, archiving, knowledge management and catering across the firm’s bases in Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

Field Fisher said that there would be no redundancies associated with the deal, which it said would enable it to take a more flexible approach to managing its facilities department in the wake of recent office openings in Munich and Duesseldorf.

Field Fisher facilities head Peter Titus commented: “The firm is growing significantly, particularly across Europe, and we wanted to review how we could best deliver the most efficient and effective facilities management services across the firm’s seven offices.

He added: “In addition, our in-house team of experienced professionals will benefit from the greater training, development and career opportunities that being within a dedicated facilities management provider will bring.”

The agreement comes as increasing numbers of law firms look at outsourcing aspects of their back office. CMS Cameron McKenna outsourced virtually its entire back office function to Integreon at the beginning of April, including its 20-strong HR team led by HR head Sarah Spillan.

For more, see Camerons moves HR function to Integreon following consultation.