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

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

  • Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—which legal services to outsource
  • Key practical issues
  • What are you aiming to achieve?
  • Impact on your team and organisation
  • Considering all options
  • How to identify the right kind of service provider
  • How to select the right supplier
  • Contractual issues
  • What legal services should not be outsourced
  • What legal services could be outsourced
  • More...

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 how to identify which legal services to outsource. See also Practice Notes:

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

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

Before deciding which legal services to outsource, you should already have gathered data about:

  1. what legal advice your organisation has used previously

  2. what legal advice it is likely to need in the future, and

  3. the resources available in your legal team

See Practice Note: Legal services outsourcing—in-house lawyers—information gathering.

The next step is to assess which legal services you could consider outsourcing. This Practice Note is designed to help you to think about:

  1. key practical issues such as your objectives in outsourcing and how to ensure those objectives are achieved

  2. which legal services should not be outsourced

  3. which legal services could be outsourced

  4. what would be a bad time in your organisation’s life to implement outsourcing

See also Precedent: Legal services outsourcing strategy.

Key practical issues

There are some key practical issues to consider including:

  1. what you are aiming to achieve

  2. the likely impact on your team and organisation

  3. whether you have considered all the options

  4. how to identify the right kind of legal services supplier

  5. how to select

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