LOS ANGELES, October 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Integreon, the global leader in integrated knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) and legal process outsourcing (LPO), today announced that the Financial Times awarded Integreon's Middle Office outsourcing client Osborne Clarke (http://www.osborneclarke.com/our_people/firmwide/4130.asp), a U.K. top 30 law firm, its highest honors, the FT Innovative Lawyers Award for innovative law firm management. Integreon also announced today that the Managing Partners' Forum has similarly recognized Osborne Clarke with its Innovation in Practice legal award. Simon Beswick, Osborne Clarke's senior managing partner, accepted both awards at back to back award ceremonies held in London on October 21 and 22, 2009. The FT published a full award write-up in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2009 (http://rankings.ft.com/innovativelawyers/law-firm-management-2009). MPF published a full award write-up in a summary of the MPF European Practice Management Awards (http://www.mpfglobal.com/awards/index.aspx).
FT and the MPF each selected Osborne Clarke from many nominations based on the firm's pioneering approach to outsourcing its middle office support functions. Osborne Clarke sought domain expertise and cultural compatibility and conducted a thorough evaluation process, which resulted in awarding Integreon a seven-year, 50 million pounds Sterling agreement. The firm worked closely with Integreon to develop a suite of custom services, culminating in Integreon opening the first UK shared legal services centre in Bristol earlier this year.
We congratulate Osborne Clarke on receiving such prestigious awards for law practice innovation, said John Croft, president of global sales and marketing, Integreon. Osborne Clarke demonstrated true vision in conceiving, well before the current economic challenges, the need for a new way to support lawyers and free firm management to focus on strategic action. The firm has broken ground for any large law firm considering middle office outsourcing using a mix of on-site, onshore, offshore, and multi-shore resources.
Our firm is honored to receive recognition from both the FT and MPF. The 'Innovative Lawyers Award' and the 'European Practice Management Award' are recognized globally as two of the hardest awards to win, and therefore most meaningful, said Beswick. Our clients, who have benefited from a rate freeze enabled by our middle office outsourcing, have given us very positive feedback about this initiative. We are delighted to achieve recognition as well from the FT and MPF. Our work with Integreon has gone even better than we had expected and we continue to discuss with them how to extend the new service model to provide even more benefits for our clients and the firm.
For more information about Integreon's full range of knowledge and legal outsourcing services, please visit us at www.integreon.com.
Integreon provides a range of outsourced knowledge services to demanding professionals using Document KPO, Research KPO, Legal KPO and Business Services to transform its customers' Middle Office, allowing professionals to focus their time and energy on their 'highest and best use.' Its customers include many AmLaw 100 and UK top 50 law firms, almost all of the global investment banks, several top-tier private equity firms and hedge funds, as well as many Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations. For more information about Integreon, please visit www.integreon.com.
About Osborne Clarke
Osborne Clarke (OC) is an international law firm with offices in Britain, Germany and the United States, and through the OC Alliance, across Europe. It offers transactional advice in the areas of corporate, banking and real estate as well as dispute resolution and business law advisory services. For more information about OC, please visit www.osborneclarke.com.
About FT Innovative Lawyers
Now in its fourth year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe, and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. The report presents a unique analysis of the legal industry and is the only ranking of lawyers by innovation. The organizers base both the report and awards on thorough research and robust journalism. The report is distributed in the Financial Times to its 400,000 readers across Europe. FT Innovative Lawyers is a joint venture between Financial Times and RSG Consulting, a specialist legal research company with decades of experience in analysing the legal industry. The intensive research process is an amalgam of in-depth interviews with referees, expert commentators and market research surveys. For the 2009 report, the RSG research team conducted over 700 in-depth interviews to reach the final rankings. For more information about FT Innovative Lawyers, please visit www.ft.com/innovativelawyers.
About Managing Partners' Forum
Founded in 1995, The Managing Partners' Forum is widely recognised as the champion of practice management as well as providing quality member services. The MPF encourages diversity in management skills around the executive committee through regular high profile campaigns and rigorous awards designed to generate recognition and respect for internal management expertise. For more information about the MPF, please visit www.mpfglobal.com.
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