Monday, August 16, 2010

Time to open your eyes to legal outsourcing

Russell Smith in his article “ The Toothpaste is out of the tube” shares his own experience regarding the legal out sourcing industry in India. He in his article not only brings forth the benefits accrued by the Western clients but also demythifies the statement that legal outsourcing is taking away the jobs of the UK and US lawyers. He brings forth the fact that by outsourcing litigation work many legal cases have been dismissed at the court of law rather than being settled. This according to him has happened only “because of the successful teamwork among attorneys in US and in India”. He uses the term “benign tort reform” to address the phenomenon wherein “defendants facing bogus or inflated tort claims are choosing to litigate and win.” This has been possible only from the existence of legal outsourcing firms in countries such as India and Philippines which has led to the usage of money, otherwise being given for payouts, to go back to the U.S. economy.

Legal outsourcing industry cannot be ignored now. It’s here to stay. The question is not on its existence but on the existence of those who don’t embrace it.

India knocking the Western legal market

In this brilliantly written article the author explores the Western side of the world with respect to global legal services outsourcing industry. The lawyers from US and UK lawyers are now showing ardent desire to work with Indian legal outsourcing companies. It’s the opportunity to manage big teams and built business that is giving them a rush.

Not only big corporations but also law firms such as Clifford Chance have now realized the benefits of outsourcing the routine legal work to destinations like India, Philippines and now Israel. Law firms in India to attract Western clients are hiring experienced lawyers from US & UK so that adherence to quality and understanding of the client requirements can be done in a better way.

It’s just a matter of time when there is going to be an exodus of Western lawyers to Indian legal outsourcing business and industry pundits have already started seeing the signs of it happening.