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Hogan Lovells open low-cost office in South Africa

By Neasa MacErlean

04 February 2014 at 09:01 BST

Hogan Lovells is planning to launch a 20-strong low-cost base in Johannesburg in Q2 2014, with plans to grow the team over time.

South Africa provides low-cost back office facilities Michael Jung

The new base will be managed by the global firms COO, Nick Cray, although he will remain in London. Managing partner Susan Bright, in charge of UK and Africa strategy, said: 'We have concluded that a significant number of the business services we receive need to remain close to our lawyers. However, it is also clear that we have a number of roles that can be easily performed from a remote location but that in order to provide high-quality support we need to continue to provide it from locations in time zones on both sides of the Atlantic.'  

Talented people

She continued: 'We chose Johannesburg as it has an excellent supply of talented people, is well placed in terms of time zones and offers good opportunities for cost savings when compared to London and a number of our other existing office locations.' Source: The Lawyer


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