Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—information gathering

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—information gathering
  • Understanding the boundaries of what is meant by external legal support and external lawyers
  • Key internal stakeholders
  • Check what you found
  • Strategic direction
  • Legal risk
  • Team resources
  • Record the information you have captured
  • Next steps

Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—information gathering

This Practice Note is intended for in-house lawyers considering outsourcing some legal services to external suppliers of legal services. It forms part of a suite of tools and guidance to assist you with the outsourcing decision. This Practice Note is intended to be used at the start of the process. It is designed to help you gather the information required to decide whether you need to use, ie outsource work to, external suppliers of legal services. See also Practice Notes:

  1. Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—which legal services to outsource

  2. Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—outsourcing options

Ultimately, the purpose of gathering information is to formulate a strategy on legal services outsourcing. See Precedent: Legal services outsourcing strategy.

Whether you are thinking about the possibility of outsourcing some legal services or, you’ve been given the immediate objective of reducing spend on external legal support, you need to start by gathering information.

You need to understand:

  1. what legal support has previously been and is currently being used by your organisation

  2. what types and volumes of legal support your organisation will require in future

  3. your internal resourcing levels

  4. the skills and experience of your team

To understand this, you will need to gather information on:

  1. which advisers have been used in the past and for what purposes

  2. how much was spent annually on external legal advice and support in the

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