Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) is an emerging trend for corporate counsel, on account of increasing pressure to cut costs. Law firms and corporate legal departments across America are outsourcing more legal tasks by the minute, leading to a boom in legal process outsourcing companies around the world. These companies, which are largely offshore, provide many services to corporate clients such as bookkeeping and billing, contract management and review, data analysis and management, document drafting and production, due diligence, general litigation support services, e-Discovery, Intellectual Property (IP) services, and legal research and transcription.
"Outsourcing converts fixed costs into variable costs, releasing capital for investment."
Outsourcing for the win
The winning quality of outsourcing legal work is the cost-effectiveness that it produces. Signing up with an LPO company cuts costs by offshoring routine administrative works.
Outsourcing converts fixed costs into variable costs, releasing capital for investment. Investors encourage outsourcing because it allows companies to channel more capital into other revenue generating activities.
Employee management, a large challenge that law firms and corporate clients face, becomes more feasible with outsourcing. It reduces management issues such as discovering, recruiting, evaluating, and retaining staff. Another important feature of outsourcing is the flexibility in hiring an LPO firm depending upon the ups and downs in the company’s workflow.
Delegating non-core legal work to an offshore service provider minimizes delivery time and workload, and frees up internal resources to focus on core functions of the company.
Outsourcers also perform multiple functions like legal and administrative services, such as surveillance, printing, collating, process serving, and research and document retrieval.
"Efficient outsourcing companies have the resources, know-how and flexibility to meet tight, ad hoc project schedules."
Outsourcing helps corporate counsel stay abreast of cutting-edge legal technology, upgrading business processes and evolving trends in the legal spectrum. This gives them the added advantage they require in the competitive legal field. By outsourcing selective tasks, corporate clients can successfully manage challenging projects. Efficient outsourcing companies have the resources, know-how and flexibility to meet tight, ad hoc project schedules.
Concerns in outsourcingThough there exists great value in outsourcing legal processes, corporate legal departments must
keep in mind certain factors such as confidentiality, conflict checks, supervision, reporting, and
communication. Corporate counsel must ensure that the LPO has proper procedures and policies
to maintain client and data confidentiality. The LPO must also have conflict-checking procedures
in place. Adequate supervision and reporting structures, and timely communication are essential
for maintaining a smooth and efficient outsourcing process.
ConclusionDuring the past decade, legal process outsourcing has had an immense impact on the practices of
top law firms and corporate counsel. Outsourcing companies apply the latest technology and harness
the skills of legal process experts, relieving the burden on legal departments which are usually
consumed by routine legal responsibilities. Choosing the right LPO is a key factor that determines
the success of outsourcing, and changes the universal corporate legal approach.
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