Vario from Pinsent Masons has gained a ‘shop window’ with companies in the oil and gas sector by joining Achilles FPAL - an online community which is used by over 90 buyers from oil and gas companies.

Vario, which has 25 staff and provides freelance legal services, will now be able to share on an online platform its capabilities and performance record in key business areas, such as quality, health and safety and financial performance.

Achilles works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation and desktop and physical audits. The Achilles FPAL community serves the procurement needs of the wider European oil & gas market, whilst maintaining firm roots within North Sea operations. Achilles FPAL is an industry-run community of operators, contractors and suppliers working in collaboration to promote a fair and transparent supply chain.

Roger Connon, head of oil and gas for Vario said: "As a former Partner and Head of Office for Aberdeen, I understand the importance of bodies such as FPAL and am delighted that Vario is now associated with such a well-known and trusted organisation. Vario has grown enormously over the past five years and we see ever greater interest from all types of legal professionals to freelance. There are many former GCs and Partners, through to junior lawyers and paralegals applying to work in this way. This is all happening at a time when the Oil and Gas industry continues to seek ways to be more cost-efficient. A high-quality freelancer, backed by a renowned law firm such as Pinsent Masons offers the cost-effective high value service that clients expect."

Malcolm Wilson, director for Achilles FPAL, said: “By joining the biggest supply chain risk management community supporting the North Sea and European oil and gas industry, Vario from Pinsent Masons has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with major oil and gas buyers. Achilles FPAL is a simple and successful model which has operated since 1997 by streamlining procurement and reducing cost for suppliers and buyers. It provides a vital shop window for suppliers that can offer innovative technology or services at a time when there is great focus on value and efficiency. Achilles FPAL also has a unique two way Performance Feedback feature that allows suppliers to give and receive feedback so that high performing suppliers can demonstrate their track record to customers”.

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