Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ohio Supreme court judgment: another feather in the LPO cap

Ohio Supreme court showed strong support to the growth of legal outsourcing by issuing an Opinion that stated the use of LPO meets “Ohio’s professional and ethical standards”.

This opinion provides the much needed solidarity to the increasing legal outsourcing industry, which had lately seen a pathbreaking deal between Rio Tinto and CPA Global. The court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline identified the series of tasks that can be outsourced: “Preparation of trial or appellate briefs, drafting of pleadings or motions, document review, legal research, and deposition or trial summaries”.

One thing that the court reinstated was client confidentiality. Compliance with the ethical standards forms the basis of the attorney and client relationship. Legal outsourcing companies should be sensitive enough to understand the client’s concern and work towards delivering services that satisfies all the parameters of quality.