The new panel army – alternative ways of looking at in-house resourcing support

The new panel army – alternative ways of looking at in-house resourcing support

In this article, Paul Gilbert, Chief Executive of LBC Wise Counsel, discusses different ways of looking at in-house resourcing support options.

There are now alternatives to law firms and interesting variations on a law firm theme. The market is moving quickly, but is still shallow and largely untested

  •  The Legal Process Outsourcing market is not something that has developed dramatically and for many teams it will feels irrelevant, the preserve of the banks or the global behemoths.
  •  The world of the ABS (Alternative Business Structures) is still in its infancy. It is as if new maps have been published, but the routes are untraveled.
  •  Instructing the bar direct is an increasingly attractive (and cost effective) solution.
  •  The major publishers, like Lexis Nexis, have an opportunity to not just develop know-how and knowledge management services, but also to broker broader proportionate and cost effective technology and professional support solutions.

However one area is opening up more quickly than others. The world of the interim resource provider is developing fast and providing a fascinating glimpse of a world to come. Businesses such Axiom, Legal Edge, Halebury and Lawyers on Demand etc at one level offer an obvious solution – to plug a gap for long term sickness, maternity cover or the discreet but time-limited project. The potential is to do so much more.

Most in-house teams have work that fits a pattern:

  1.  Repetitive low risk work of predictable volume
  2.  Work that is occasional, unpredictable, but resource hungry when it comes
  3.  Predictable work that relies so heavily on proximity and intimacy that only the in-house team can do it.

The first two should be outsourced, but the law firm solution is clunky and expensive. Clearly an interim resource offers a different opportunity. Then consider as well if the interim resource was also able to look at others aspects of the in-house function from a trusted position of being an accepted part of the in-house resource. Consider if the interim resource could also:

  •  Identify low risk work that

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.