16 October 2017

Fieldfisher strengthens alternative services offering

The law firm has joined forces with South African partner Cognia Law to offer a range of new services to clients.

Fieldfisher has expanded its alternative legal services platform into South Africa through a new partnership with Cognia Law.  The firm has launched Condor South Africa – a managed legal services centre forming an integrated part of the Condor platform and centred in South Africa.

Managed legal services

Cognia Law focuses on providing managed legal services solutions to in-house legal and compliance functions and law firms. Clients of Cognia Law’s managed legal services range from tier 1 international investment banks and asset managers, to technology and pharmaceutical companies, international law firms and “new law” legal service providers.

Law firm wrapper

Condor was launched in January 2017 to offer clients a flexible and customisable range of price-efficient and process-efficient services, partnering with best-in-class service providers and delivered in a single "law firm wrapped and quality-assured" package.  Its services include: trading and commercial documentation negotiation outsourcing, large-scale documentation project delivery and technology-assisted solutions including data extraction and analytics, contract automation, AI and robotics.

Bank clients

Fieldfisher says Condor has already attracted several leading bank clients and that it allows the firm to significantly broaden its range of services, offer clients enhanced price efficiency, enhance project management capability and expand its range of technology-assisted solutions. The partnership with  Cognia Law follows an earlier launch with eClerx, an Indian business process outsourcer, which allows the firm to bring process expertise and management reporting to  clients.


Chris Georgiou, Condor CEO comments: 'We are delighted to be partnering with Cognia Law, a like-minded client-focused innovative services provider, to increase the range of services and benefits we are able to offer our clients. The client benefits were evident in the first projects which Condor worked on encompassing the regulatory-driven EMIR variation margin repapering exercise, and we have now been able to extend that to work on MiFID II implementation, GDPR (harnessing Fieldfisher's market-leading privacy and data protection team), Brexit-related solutions, commercial contract management solutions and KYC/AML.  For the first time, we are also able to offer clients multi-partnered solutions working seamlessly with both Cognia Law and eClerx.'


Janet Taylor-Hall, Cognia Law CEO, adds that clients have long been asking for an integrated solution that offers the benefits of a leading law firm and the efficiencies of an alternative legal service provider. 'We are delighted to be a genuinely integrated part of the model and in a position to offer it to our clients.'