The airline, which previously used a range of 120 law firms, has entered into the partnership for an initial three-year period with Eversheds managing all of the airline’s day-to-day legal needs across its flight network of 116 countries. Stephen Hopkins, head of global client development, will lead a team of lawyers across the world working together and accessing an extensive network of relationship firms. The move by the airline is to achieve cost certainty, greater transparency, consistent billing practices and performance measurement which it sees as leading to increased operational efficiency.
Ali Uysal, Turkish Airlines, chief legal counsel, said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Eversheds Sutherland. I am confident that they will not only provide efficiency and cost certainty, but will be key to helping us address any business challenges we may face. Making the decision to move from over 120 firms to just one was a big step for us and we truly believe that this approach will bring real benefit to our business and importantly, to our customers.’ Stephen Hopkins, commented: ‘Our partnership with Turkish Airlines is a long-term, strategic relationship. We are excited to have been given the opportunity to work more closely with the airline to help achieve their strategic goals.’