Outsourcing/Offshoring. In today’s market a number of services traditionally performed by law firms
can now be outsourced to other providers, typically with significant cost savings. A proven example
is document review. Other areas where non-firm providers are commonly used are e-discovery,
immigration, IP services, and due diligence.
Sending work to offshore providers is also an option that is becoming more common. Offshore
services can include document review, contract review, basic patent drafting, basic legal research, and
more. Whether it is appropriate to send a given company’s work offshore will depend on a variety of
factors, including the viability of the offshore contractor, its physical and electronic security, the type of
data that will be involved, and any applicable laws and regulations.
For additional information about outsourcing and offshoring, please see these ACC resources.
Legal Process Outsourcing: A How-To Guide on Legal Process Outsourcing
Informal Outsourcing Checklist for In-house Counsel
Outsourcing/Offshoring First Level Document Review in an Era of eDiscovery