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7 Harrington St Chambers

7 Harrington St Chambers7 Harrington Street Chambers is one of the UK’s largest chambers with 108 barristers and 11 QCs.

Case Study:

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Stephen Sowerby

Auditel Consultant Stephen Sowerby

They were recommended to Stephen Sowerby from Auditel by one of their accountants, who also utilises their services, in September 2011 and they decided to meet to investigate the opportunity. Although 7 Harrington Street were interested in the contingency fee proposition, it was decided to proceed cautiously and test the service initially with the energy spend of Chambers.

Stephen quickly set about investigating the contracts and current spend and returned within weeks to present his recommendations and findings. A saving of over 30% was found on the gas expenditure, and over 15% on electricity. As Pauline Haines of 7 Harrington Street explains, “Stephen’s work did not simply stop at the recommendation stage, he diligently implemented all of his recommendations with minimum involvement of Chamber staff and then monitors/proves the savings every month.”

Being an extremely busy Chambers, 7 Harrington Street Chambers accounts staff were impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the service and decided to discuss other areas of investigation with Auditel. It was decided that telecoms and office supplies/stationery expenditure would be worthy of investigation.

“The professional monitoring, reporting and support we receive is just as important to Chambers as the savings and we look forward to a long term relationship with Auditel.” – Pauline Haines

“The recommendations report presented was of impressive detail and left no stone unturned”, explained Pauline Haines, “demonstrating a saving of over 51% on telecoms and 41% on office supplies/stationery.” With both of these areas being of critical importance to the smooth running of Chambers, 7 Harrington Street were impressed by the level of independence shown by Auditel, and the willingness to work with current suppliers to find the best, rather than simply the cheapest, solution.

Although the savings found seven months on since the initial report are very significant and great to invest elsewhere in Chambers, the most important benefit to Chambers has been the time saving and peace of mind. As Pauline Haines summarises “Knowing that these essential areas of expenditure are being professionally monitored and maintained, with regular assistance and dialogue provided, frees accounts staff time to concentrate on the demands of running Chambers.”

Savings Breakdown:

Gas 30%
Electricity 15%
Telecoms 51%
Office supplies/stationery 41%
Water 79%

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