News Business Leadership Law firms Slaughters in talks over outsourcing plans By The Lawyer 4 October 2009 00:00 13 December 2015 18:14 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 5 October 2009 at 12:52 The ‘daddy’ may have moved – but on this one, it will move very, very slowly indeed. Reply Link mary 5 October 2009 at 14:16 This makes perfect sense and I reckon once they’ve done it for this one client they’ll end up doing it for many clients then all clients. That’s what Lovells did….. Reply Link Anonymous 5 October 2009 at 15:20 Am I missing something? Isn’t it cheaper to hire in a bunch of paralegals when needed? Reply Link IHateBPP 5 October 2009 at 16:30 UK paralegals would want UK wages (and possibly a training contract), which are much higher than what Indian staff are willing to work for. Reply Link Anonymous 5 October 2009 at 19:33 what does this mean for trainees and junior lawyers in the future? what work are they going to cut their teeth on if the traditional fayre of data rooms, contract reviews and due diligence reports is farmed out abroad? This also suggests a shift to a structure which is senior lawyer “top heavy”. Interesting if you’re already senior, worrying if you’re not. Reply Link Britomart 6 October 2009 at 09:02 Yes, but that brings us back to the same old question: how do you ensure quality of production when you outsource a job? I’ve met a number of Slaughter &May lawyers over the years and I can’t believe they would be overjoyed about this move. Reckon this client must have held a gun to their heads! Reply Link Anonymous 6 October 2009 at 10:50 This is all about driving client value. Law firms need to take the intiative to remove costs from their own delivery models. Large corporate’s are used to utilising outsourcing for many critical business functions, in times when costs are scrutinized corparates will demand the same level of cost consciousness from their law firms. Ultimately Law Firms should view this as a competitive advantage. Reply Link Anonymous 6 October 2009 at 11:17 oh dear…..uk law firms are in troubles…..ehehehe this is the consequnce of the “billable hours system” ! solution? just ask less money, keep the work (and the associates) and buy a less expensive house! But partners don’t listen and don’t give up their very expensive hours doing nothing! Reply Link Anonymous 6 October 2009 at 17:38 Having worked at Slaughters, I cannot believe that anything other than basic admin is being outsourced. If the firm, is, indeed, outsourcing proper legal work to India, then the four horsemen of the apocalypse are about to appear on the horizon. Reply Link Anonymous 6 October 2009 at 19:15 ….. not a surprise that there is movement up the value chain in terms of out sourcing legal work. Law firms need to drive down costs, become more efficient if they are to remain competitive Reply Link Anonymous 7 October 2009 at 08:06 This is a big step up for Legal process outsourcing companies. At the same time data security should be given prime focus here, as Uk legal system is very stringent about it and the firms have been reluctant to outsource legal work even when the LPO industry was at its peak for this very same reason reason. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 02:07 Uh oh. I used to work for a firm that outsources their dictation to India. It may have saved the firm money but for the fee earners meant long non-billable hours spent correcting basic spelling and grammar errors on returned documents. It’ll end in tears (or should I say, “it,l ending tiers”)… Reply Link Andrew 14 October 2009 at 04:30 Re: “how do you ensure quality of production when you outsource a job?” Answer: 1. document the process; 2. ensure it’s consistent and replicable; and 3. automate it. High priced lawyers shouldn’t be doing standard process work. They should be providing advice on complex issues. Andrew Davis http://www.exari.com Reply Link Fred Krebs 15 October 2009 at 10:14 The law firm business model must change. Firms that fail to adapt will have great difficulty. Clients want value–firm goal should be effectiveness, efficiency and client satisfaction. High cost for low value work not the way to achieve that goal. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.