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

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

  • Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—outsourcing options
  • Exploit what you already have
  • Make better use of what’s already out there
  • Take control and rationalise
  • Train individuals in your team
  • External counsel
  • Panel of two or more legal counsel
  • Sole supplier
  • Appoint external counsel on an ad hoc basis, as and when required
  • Instructing a barrister direct
  • More...

Until recently, outsourcing legal services just meant going (almost cap in hand) to external lawyers.

However, outsourcing options have now matured and evolved and as an in-house lawyer, you are faced with a multitude of business models and service delivery models from which to choose.

This Practice Note is intended for in-house lawyers considering outsourcing some legal services to external suppliers. It forms part of a suite of guidance and Precedents to assist you with the outsourcing decision. This Practice Note provides guidance on the different options for outsourcing. It invites you to consider:

  1. making better use of the arrangements, including internal resource, that are already in place

  2. using external counsel

  3. legal process outsourcing (LPO)

  4. business process outsourcing (BPO)

  5. use of interim resources

See also Practice Notes:

  1. Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—information gathering

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

Exploit what you already have

Before you look at the outsourcing option, can you make better use of what is already in place? If your organisation operates in an arms-length manner, with each department going its own way, you may find that there are several legal services that are already, in essence, outsourced and could be better harmonised. Additionally, could individuals in some departments be trained to do some basic legal work?

Make better use of what’s already out there

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