Our outsourcing lawyers provide end-to-end, strategic outsourcing advice for all types of on and offshore business processes. Our experience of working for both users and vendors of outsourcing services gives us a unique understanding of the pressures faced by clients on both sides of the table.

From IT, telecoms, HR, accounting and finance to payroll, claims processing, customer care, asset management, marketing, and training, we cover all types of outsourcing projects. We provide expert guidance to our clients, whether they are outsourcing for the first time or are seeking to renew or replace an existing contract.

Our outsourcing lawyers work as part of the client team in the competitive tendering process and our advice covers the entire lifecycle of an outsourcing project; from transition planning and statements of work to post-completion support and exit management.

The team is led by outsourcing specialist Andrew Dunlop, who served as international director of the National Outsourcing Association for 14 years.

Areas of focus

Our specialist outsourcing advice covers the following:

  • Business transformation.
  • Global sourcing solutions.
  • Teaming agreements.
  • Partnering agreements.
  • Contribution and secondment mechanisms.
  • European Economic Interest Group agreements.
  • Partnership agreements (limited and unlimited).
  • Corporate investments.
  • Joint ventures (including contractual joint ventures).
  • Mergers and acquisitions.

Advising healthcare and protection insurance provider The Exeter (Exeter Friendly Society Ltd) on two deals in 2016, namely the design and implementation of a new software platform, and separately a business process outsourcing (BPO) to AXA PPP comprising the outsourcing of its claims administration and clinical management services.

Advising Royal London – the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company – on its IT infrastructure outsourcing to Steria

Advising NYSE blue-chip Thomson Reuters on its US$150 million outsourcing of IT services to IBM covering North and South America, and also advising Thomson Reuters on its US$100m outsourcing of IT services to HP in Asia.

Advising FTSE 250 Cobham PLC on the global outsourcing to CSC of its Oracle enterprise resource planning platform spanning 27 sites in Europe, the US and South America (we previously advised on the implementation of the Oracle ERP solution).

Advising MITIE Group PLC on its £350 million facilities management contract with Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce is consolidating its facilities management at multiple sites across the EMEA region under a single contract, under which will MITIE will deliver services to 11 Rolls Royce group companies. This is a ground-breaking deal for both MITIE and Rolls Royce due to its size and complexity.

Advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on its current competition for the outsourcing of the management and ultimate decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear licensed site under a 20 year contract. This is one of the NDA’s flagship projects and is central to the delivery of its strategy.

Advising The Competition Commission on the new IT outsourcing embedded within the enforced £1.5 billion sale of Gatwick Airport by BAA PLC.

Advising Northern Rail Limited on the award of a contract to ISS Facility Management Services for a range of facilities management services for a property estate covering 471 sites, including passenger stations, maintenance depots and operations centres.

Advising Honda Finance Europe on its £400 million outsourcing of financial systems and processes across Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the UK to French prime contractor.

Advising Avon and Somerset Police Authority on its involvement in Project ISiS, a regionally initiated major joint local authority outsourcing project in line with the government modernisation agenda to encourage public authorities to work together to achieve greater efficiencies.

Advising the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on its major facilities management shared services procurement for its UK Home Estate and a number of European posts. The procurement covers a range of services including cleaning, catering, and grounds and building maintenance to embassies, offices and other facilities.

Advising Global Financial Services Group on a combined ITO/RPO outsourcing of technology led recruitment processes.

Advising Nomura International on its £27 million outsourcing of temporary and permanent recruitment processes with accompanying programme to develop step changes in technology led efficiencies in business processes.

Advising North Somerset District Council on the outsourcing of a wide range of its support services to a private sector partner for a 10 year term, with the option to extend for a further five years.

Advising Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems Limited on the outsourcing of a full suite of HR services to Xchanging which covered payroll, graduate recruitment, international assignments remuneration and benefits.

Meet the team
Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop Partner

  • Head of Outsourcing
  • Head of Technology
  • Head of Data Protection
Keith Beattie

Keith Beattie Partner

  • Projects
  • Aviation
  • Defence
Matthew Ramus

Matthew Ramus Partner

  • Head of Education
  • Defence
  • Transport
Brioney Thomas

Brioney Thomas Partner

  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
  • Commercial
  • Rail
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson Partner

  • Defence
  • Business Transformation
  • Central Government
Simon Coppen

Simon Coppen Partner

  • Rail
  • Transport
  • Projects
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport

What others say...

They're thorough, easy to talk to and are great at converting legalese into plain English.

Chambers UK 2016

Key contact

Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop Partner

  • Head of Outsourcing
  • Head of Technology
  • Head of Data Protection

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