A new legal process outsourcing (LPO) company has entered the marketplace, offering law firms and in-house counsel the services of UK-qualified lawyers based in New Zealand.
Glubb and Hamilton
Latitude South has been set up by lawyers Larissa Glubb and Andrew Hamilton, both of whom have worked in the UK.
Glubb, who was previously associate general counsel at IT company Perot Systems Corporation while based in the UK, said the business had launched with 10 lawyers on board, all of whom have spent some time working in the UK and have around nine years’ PQE.
“We’re not going to be top-heavy at this stage,” said Glubb. “We’re scalable because we’ve accessed a strong pool of talent with people who have UK experience. Everyone will be at that level [nine years’ PQE], although that may change if clients don’t require that level.”
Glubb said she got the idea for setting up the business after handling remote professional support work for Simmons & Simmons for a number of years.
“Having tried it and learnt lessons along the way, it was obvious that there are certain types of services that can be provided in a different way,” she said. “About a year ago we started thinking about ramping it up and building a team around me to provide this on a larger basis.”
Latitude will focus solely on the UK market for the time being and will have a particular focus on the technology, media and telecoms and environmental practice areas.
Latitude joins companies such as CPA Global, Exigent and Integreon in the LPO market.