Rely on the most comprehensive, up-to-date legal content designed and curated by lawyers for lawyers
Work faster and smarter to improve your drafting productivity without increasing risk
Accelerate the creation and use of high quality and trusted legal documents and forms
Streamline how you manage your legal business with proven tools and processes
Manage risk and compliance in your organisation to reduce your risk profile
Stay up to date and informed with insights from our trusted experts, news and information sources
Access the best content in the industry, effortlessly — confident that your news is trustworthy and up to date.
Find up-to-date guidance on points of law and then easily pull up sources to support your advice with Lexis PSL
With over 30 practice areas, we have all bases covered. Find out how we can help
Our trusted tax intelligence solutions, highly-regarded exam training and education materials help guide and tutor Tax professionals
Regulatory, business information and analytics solutions that help professionals make better decisions
A leading provider of software platforms for professional services firms
In-depth analysis, commentary and practical information to help you protect your business
LexisNexis Blogs shed light on topics affecting the legal profession and the issues you're facing
Legal professionals trust us to help navigate change. Find out how we help ensure they exceed expectations
Lex Chat is a LexisNexis current affairs podcast sharing insights on topics for the legal profession
Discuss the latest legal developments, ask questions, and share best practice with other LexisPSL subscribers
Think outsourcing and you inevitably think cost-cutting. But what other benefits can it bring to your business and how do you achieve these? Sophie Gould talks to Jeremy Barton, Partner and General Counsel at KPMG in the UK, about operational transformation, the importance ofpreparation, and how outsourcing can develop the skills ofthe legal team.
Tell us a little bit about your background and your team …
I’ve been General Counsel at KPMG for nearly two years, so I’m relatively new. I started off at Norton Rose then moved in-house at Andersen, where I was EMEA General Counsel. I stuck with Andersen through its Enron-triggered collapse and emerged as General Counsel ofthe Ernst & Young global organisation. I worked there for five years, driving the integration ofa $30bn professional services organisation. I then became global General Counsel and Head ofRisk at The Boston Consulting Group. I was there for eight years, building up a global team.
There are over 50 people in the KPMG team. It’s a combination oflawyers and non-lawyers. We have accountants in legal because historically the focus oflegal risk management has been on the regulated audit side ofthe business.
Since I joined, we’ve started a transformation programme. The first part ofthe transformation was around the organisation ofthe team. It was relatively compartmentalised so we’ve broken that down and reinforced being one team across the specialities: corporate, commercial and practice protection & regulatory.
We also established our strategic priorities for the next 2 to 3 years. One ofthose priorities is operational excellence and operational transformation is key to that. The first phase ofthe operational transformation included outsourcing and offshoring. As a result, we use an outsource provider in India and my own team is now based both in London and in Gurgaon in India.
How is the outsourcing working?
We started with NDAs. It’s a ubiquitous type ofdocument that highly qualified lawyers don’t really enjoy doing unless they
Access this article and thousands of others like it free by subscribing to our blog.
Read full article
Already a subscriber? Login
Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community. She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.
0330 161 1234