find the latest legal job
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
4+ PAE Commercial Lawyer - Contract Role (Maternity cover)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· 4+ years PAE · End-to-end deal carriage
View details
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
In-house litigators increasingly turn to offshore LPOs

In-house litigators increasingly turn to offshore LPOs

According to a new report, in-house lawyers are sending more work offshore, with India and Ireland the preferred destinations for outsourcing litigation management.

Companies are coming to rely on legal processing outsourcers (LPOs) more than ever before, a 2016 report by Mahlab has revealed. According to in-house litigators, India- and Ireland-based LPO providers are being increasingly favoured.

“It appears that outsourcing will increasingly be used as processes continue to evolve and become more sophisticated and we see greater technological advancements. LPOs will become entrenched as an important tool used by in-house litigators to address their litigation management needs,” the report said.

“If done well, with due consideration given to confidentiality and other pertinent issues, outsourcing was generally viewed as a cost-effective, timely and highly responsive way to manage parts of litigious work.”

To get the most out of LPO services in terms of quality and pricing, companies further reported relying on in-house litigators to coordinate and contribute to quality assurance measures.

The report also indicated that litigation lawyers possess a good ability to “compartmentalise” aspects of potentially litigious matters. In particular, businesses value the way that litigation counsel can determine which legal work should be handled in-house, and which should be outsourced to an LPO or briefed out to an external firm or the bar.

“A proactive and commercially aware in-house litigation lawyer can demystify the litigation process for a company […] Litigators can compartmentalise a potential litigious matter into specific components instead of forging straight ahead into a lengthy, full-blown litigation,” Mahlab said.

“This strategic approach means that having an in-house litigator can be a real asset to an organisation. Rather than briefing the entire litigation matter to an external law firm at potentially very high hourly rates and less manageable timelines, much of the groundwork and strategy can be completed internally.”

According to the report, growth among in-house legal ranks has increased dramatically in the last decade. However, this is not necessarily the case for those with litigation skills.

Mahlab acknowledged that litigators wanting to transition to the in-house workforce face heated competition.

“There are undoubtedly a more limited number of in-house opportunities for lawyers with a contentious background compared to those available for corporate/commercial lawyers. This means that those in-house roles which do arise with a litigation flavour are hotly contested.”

The report also forecast that the rising number of class actions in Australia is expected to create new opportunities for litigators wanting to move into in-house roles. 

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

In-house litigators increasingly turn to offshore LPOs
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Jan 17 2018
Lawyers lash out over latest Dutton attack
A number of legal bodies have condemned federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s latest commen...
Car crash, driverless cars
Jan 17 2018
Driverless cars a privacy car crash in the making
The testing of driverless cars on Australian roads has presented a new challenge, with serious conce...
new role with SA judicial appointment, scales of justice
Jan 15 2018
Worker's comp expert takes on new role with SA judicial appointment
An Adelaide barrister has been appointed deputy president of the South Australian Employment Tribuna...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...