Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Seen As a “Permanent Trend” in the Legal Industry

Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Seen As a “Permanent Trend” in the Legal Industry

Legal consulting firm Altman Weil released its fifth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey, which revealed that since the survey’s inception in 2009, there has been wider acceptance of legal outsourcing as a business driver. In the survey, nearly 50% of law firm leaders believe that outsourcing legal work is now a “permanent trend", which is up significantly from just over 10% in 2009. The adoption of LPO is even greater among large firms. For example, almost 20% of firms with 250 or more lawyers are “currently pursuing” legal outsourcing (up from about 6% in 2010). And, the use of contract lawyers is even higher – 87% of large firms are “currently pursuing” the use of contract lawyers, which is up from 57% in 2010.

Outsourcing Experiences a Growth Spurt

In general, the goals of outsourcing have always been to improve efficiency, reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage. With this in mind, law firms have been outsourcing non-legal work, such as IT support, finance and...
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