Changes Ahead in Sourcing U.S. Legal Services

August 19, 2009

Businesses have traditionally relied on a combination of in-house legal departments and outside law firms for all of their legal work.  During the past few years, maturing processes, technologies, and legal-services-delivery-perspectives have created an environment where corporations now have a spectrum of choices from which to source legal services.  General Counsels can globalize in-house legal departments by consolidating legal staffers in low-cost jurisdictions or outsource legal work to Legal Process Outsourcing firms (LPOs) at significantly lower costs than traditional U.S. law firms can offer. 

The delivery of legal services from offshore locations, primarily India, has grown dramatically in the last few years, and will continue in 2009.  While LPOs are compelling, they are not the only option.  Whether delivered through globalized in-house functions (international, legal, shared services functions) or LPO firms, mature legal processes now make it possible to deliver high quality work from across the globe despite the unique legal challenges of privilege, supervision and conflicts.  Some large law firms have created their own “captive” units to offer lower cost legal services to their clients.

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LPO Vendor Evaluation Trip to India

August 12, 2009

If your organization is considering offshore Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in 2009 or 2010, a critical step will be site visits to evaluate LPO vendors.  To help, Red Bridge Strategy is organizing an LPO Vendor Evaluation trip to India on November 1 – 7, 2009.

Legal professionals from corporations and law firms will get a first-hand view of major LPO operations, and an opportunity to evaluate prospective vendors.  Participants will visit five to seven LPO service providers in four major cities in India with the final itinerary will be determined on the basis of participants’ interests.

In addition to organizing the trip, Red Bridge Strategy will provide participants with a pre-trip briefing on the industry and LPO vendors, supply a vendor evaluation framework and support for on-site due diligence, coordinate with vendors to ensure visits address participants’ specific concerns, and assist clients in analyzing and summarizing their findings both during and after the trip.

Get more more information and register at RedBridgeStrategy.com