Business of Law
Unemployed NY Lawyers Could Benefit from London Firm’s Outsourcing
Posted Nov 20, 2009 7:39 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Eight of London’s top law firms are considering outsourcing some of their legal work, and another eight already send some legal work outside. But the news isn’t all bad for lawyers.
Allen & Overy’s contract with Integreon for document review sends some of its work to India—and some to New York, the Lawyer reports. A&O estimates it will save 30 percent to 50 percent through its outsourcing.
A&O is one of eight top London firms already using outsourcing for legal work, Legal Week reports. Eight others are considering such a move, including Linklaters. It may outsource some document review, due diligence, contract development and legal research functions.
Above the Law notes the articles. “It appears that Magic Circle firms have fallen in love with outsourcing,” the blog writes. “Most American associates will hope that like Mad Cow disease, the outsourcing craze stays on [the] English side of the ocean.”