ABA Journal

Outsourcing

195 ABA Journal Outsourcing articles.

After Layoffs, Some Law Firms Have 1 Staffer for Every 4 Lawyers

Cuts in legal support staff ranks have pushed the staffing ratios at some law firms to one support staffer for every four lawyers.

The Connecticut Law…

How Law Practice Will Become Like Off-the-Rack Suits

Law practice in the future will involve the mechanization of legal tasks into standard systems, creating job losses for lawyers who don’t evolve, Richard Susskind argues in his new book…

Economy Hits Contract Lawyers and the Companies that Find Jobs for Them

Contract lawyers hired to do document review for law firms are feeling the pinch of a bad economy.

Fewer contract jobs are available, and law firms are pressuring placement agencies…

Outsourcing Firms Hiring as More Complex Legal Work Goes to India

Three years ago when Ankita Mullick joined the legal outsourcer Pangea3 from a Mumbai firm, she mostly spent time doing research on U.S. laws involving drug labeling.

But this year,…

Legal Futurist: ‘The Party is Now Over’

A futurist argues that the legal profession is about to undergo a “fundamental transformation” in which conventional legal advisers will be much less prominent and legal services will be “commoditized”…

A Qualified Yes

U.S. lawyers must manage outsourcing arrangements to avoid ethics concerns

Find Support Group First, Then Open Office, Solo Advises

After 20 years of practice, Jane Ann Landrum decided she was ready to go solo this year after her previous law firm dissolved.

But a big part of what made…

ABA Ethics Group OKs Outsourcing, But Nixes At Least Some Fee Markups

Although the lawyer in charge remains ultimately responsible and can be held accountable if anything goes awry, those working under his or her direction don’t have to be in the…

As Big Banks Send Work to India, World Financial Centers Lose Steam

In a trend that obviously has significant implications for law firms and their clients, banks increasing are arranging for much of their work to be done outside world financial centers…

Big UK Firms Hire Support Staff in India

Updated: Eversheds is among the major United Kingdom law firms outsourcing low-end legal work to India.

Known for its willingness to take a creative approach to legal fees…

As Lawyer Faces Trial in Wiretap Case, Others Advised to Watch PIs

Experts see a lesson for the legal profession in the criminal case against a Los Angeles lawyer accused of paying private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a client’s ex-wife.

The…

E-Discovery Disclosure Goof Waived Attorney-Client Privilege, Judge Rules

A federal magistrate in Baltimore has ruled a company sued for infringement has no attorney-client privilege in 165 documents mistakenly turned over to its opponent in e-discovery.

The documents included…

Clifford Chance MP Predicts a Firm Future Less Focused on London

London’s top billing as an international financial and legal center could lose some of its luster in the foreseeable future, according to the global managing partner of Clifford Chance.

“If…

Indian Lawyers Handling Outsourced Work Do More Than Document Review

The market for outsourced legal work is booming in India. While lawyers there are doing a lot of routine work, they are also handling some interesting legal matters, including work…

Law Firms Will Have to Work Harder for Hefty Profits, Competitor Predicts

Despite rich profits recently reported by some of the nation’s biggest and best-known law firms, the legal work landscape is changing for the vast majority of corporate practitioners. Faced with…

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