Herbert Smith Freehills is running a pilot program in Western Australia involving 30 legal support staff, following the growth of its Belfast office.
The ‘pop-up’ office is an Australian first and will focus on reviewing legal documents for litigation, arbitration and investigations.
The new office will initially service overflow document review work from the Belfast office.
It is expected to be operational for at least six months. This could be expanded and extended, or even made permanent, depending on client demand, according to HSF.
“Perth is an attractive location to launch our new offering as its time zone has good overlap with the east coast of Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, enabling easy interaction with our instructing teams and seamless co-ordination of work with our other main [alternative legal services] hub in Belfast,” said Patrick St John (pictured), HSF’s managing partner for strategic implementation.
With the launch of the pilot, HSF will have around 300 staff around the world working in alternative legal services for the firm.
These teams provide regulatory claims assessment, due diligence, verification, commercial contracts, repapering, specialist funds work, asset management for real estate clients, and eDiscovery and client data technology services (including advisory and document review software).
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