General counsel eyeing legal services “production line”, Oxford research finds

7 September 2011

The spiralling costs of legal services is prompting some leading general counsel to consider a “production line” approach to handling legal work, with more companies looking to go offshore or in-house, according to new research from an Oxford professor.

ABA ethics commission outlines beefed-up outsourcing rules

5 May 2011

Plans to clarify the ethics of outsourcing work to lawyers and non-lawyers, and the circumstances in which outsourcing would be wrong, are to be put to the American Bar Association (ABA). The “initial draft proposals” go further than an initial draft published last year.

City firm develops technology alternative to legal process outsourcing

26 April 2011

City law firm Taylor Wessing has launched a division offering pioneering technology to handle data mining, contract management and due diligence as a “value-added” alternative to legal process outsourcing.

News in brief: honest feedback for LeO, law firm finances, LPO survey and much more

19 April 2011

Our regular round-up of snippets of news that you need to know takes in the Legal Ombudsman, conveyancing, financial difficulties for law firms, a shortfall of LPC graduates, the first divorce app, new members for LawNet, an LPO survey, the new Law Society deputy vice-president, and Expert Answers’ affiliate programme.

Susskind: lawyers think they’re immune to impact of technology

15 April 2011

Too many lawyers believe they are “somehow immune” from the effects of technology that are profoundly impacting the rest of society, Professor Richard Susskind has warned. He also highlighted how the profession has embraced legal process outsourcing.

News in brief: larger firms cool on ABS, LPO boost, women suffer on pay and more

8 March 2011

Our latest round-up of other news of interest to Legal Futures readers includes a survey of among larger firms about ABS intentions, a lay majority on the BSB, women lawyers convinced male colleagues are paid more, good news for a big LPO provider and much more.

Outsource some of your legal work to Northern Ireland, mid-sized firms urged

8 March 2011

Mid-sized law firms in England and Wales should consider the opportunities presented by outsourcing parts of their work to Northern Ireland, it was claimed last week. The province is not just an option for law firms opening a captive to do their own work or for legal process outsourcing companies to set up operations

News in brief: Co-op expands legal arm, paralegals on the up and much more

11 February 2011

Our weekly round-up of other news takes in further expansion at Co-operative Legal Services, two innovations on the paralegal front, “virtual” firms piloting the SRA’s relationship management, and a tricky decision for LSB chairman David Edmonds

IP firm provides solicitors with innovative outsourced trade mark service

19 January 2011

A service that enables law firms to offer trade mark registrations under their own brand without lifting a finger has been launched for the first time in the latest twist on legal process outsourcing. Under the ‘white label’ trade mark registration service, all work is undertaken by intellectual property specialist solicitors Azrights in the background without the knowledge of clients.

Managing the risks of outsourcing, part 2: the Solicitors Code of Conduct

18 January 2011

In the second part of his examination of the regulatory issues arising out of outsourcing, Duncan Finlyson of Legal Futures Associate Lawyers Defence Group outlines the relevant provisions in the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007.

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