Slaughters in talks over outsourcing plans

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  • The 'daddy' may have moved - but on this one, it will move very, very slowly indeed.

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  • 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.....

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  • Am I missing something? Isn't it cheaper to hire in a bunch of paralegals when needed?

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  • UK paralegals would want UK wages (and possibly a training contract), which are much higher than what Indian staff are willing to work for.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • ..... 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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")...

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  • 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
    www.exari.com

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  • 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.

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