Mark W. Heaphy

Outsourcing of Legal Services

September 23, 2008
Brussels Belgium
American Bar Association Section of International Law Fall Meeting

The outsourcing of legal services is the latest trend in the global outsourcing industry and a result of law firms’ efforts to save costs and increase the efficiency of their services. A recent study predicts that the value of legal outsourcing to India alone will grow from USD 80 million today to USD 4 billion in 2015. This program examines both the business case for outsourcing legal services offshore and the legal and ethical issues to be observed by the outsourcing lawyer in connection therewith such as (i) confidentiality and disclosure obligations, (ii) quality control and supervisory responsibilities, (iii) conflict checks and billing, under the rules of various jurisdictions.

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