Role of procurement at Bank of Ireland’s legal department

The legal department of the Bank of Ireland has embarked on a review of its external advisers, aided by the Bank’s procurement function. As reported in Legal Week, Vol. 8, May 18, 2006 at 1, procurement “will also track the performance of firms as well as taking [sic] responsibility for bill payments.”

The snippet does not say that procurement staff will assess the firms’ performance; it says that they will track the performance, which could mean simply entering comments by lawyers into a database. And it does not say procurement will review bills; it likely means that the administrative steps of bill payment will be in procurement’s bailiwick, while substantive review will remain with the lawyers. Thus, the quote leaves much that is unclear, but it certainly suggests a more expansive role for procurement than has been my consulting experience (See my post of April 7, 2006 about law and procurement departments.).

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