Slaughter and May

Outsourcing Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Excellent sourcing practice primarily instructed by customer-side clients on complex, business-critical projects and renegotiations. Particularly large client followings in financial services, telecoms and the public sector. Bolsters offering with expert knowledge of matters such as robotics, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Possesses significant cross-border capability, often acting on multi-jurisdictional projects.

Strengths"The quality of drafting is impeccable," says a source, who describes Slaughter and May as "a very well-oiled machine, offering a full platinum service."

Clients are"extremely impressed by the firm," noting that the team is "very pragmatic in its approach" and "always calm and very effective."

Work highlights Advised on the outsourcing aspects of OVO Energy's acquisition of SSE's retail energy operations in Great Britain.

Notable practitioners


David Ives
leads the IP and technology group and is well versed in business and IT outsourcing work. He acts for both public and private sector clients.
"He knows his stuff and gets the job done."


Rob Sumroy
heads the firm's strategic sourcing practice. He primarily advises customer-side clients on ITO and BPO mandates.
"He's very practical, sensible and commercially oriented. He is good with clients and ensures a good outcome." "Combines a very good technical ability with being commercial and easy to work with."