Exclusive: B&M launches investigation into reprographics fraud allegations
28 October 2011
Baker & McKenzie's London office has suspended a member of staff amidst allegations of fraud. He has subsequently resigned from the firm.
Bakers outsources much of its copying work to a company called London Legal. Although possibly not as much as it thinks: the firm is looking into a possible fraud, thought to involve someone clipping the ticket on this work for years.
These sort of allegations used to be rife throughout the City. Some years ago a facilities manager at a Magic Circle firm was done for taking backhanders from a courier company. The firm only got suspicious when a partner pulled up at the lights on his way home one weekend and saw the manager behind the wheel of a top-of-the-range BMW. And with outsourcing now very much in vogue, the opportunities for back-handers will only increase.
||Bakers' reprographics room yesterday |
A spokesman for the firm said that "we are carrying out an investigation into allegations concerning one of our external service providers. The investigation is at an early stage but there is no evidence to suggest that any of our clients have been affected. Once our investigation is complete we shall be taking appropriate action
London Legal wouldn't comment.