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How Wrong Was Howrey?

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After nearly a month since the dissolution of major US law firm Howrey, many (us included) are still trying to understand what went wrong and what the possible implications are for the US legal profession. A startling claim that emerged from an interaction between Howrey CEO Robert Ruyak and a Wall Street Journal reporter was Continue Reading

The Strategic Impact of LPO: A New Book to Prove It

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“A firm’s client strategy should be under constant review in order to ensure that the emerging needs of the client and the firm’s competitive capabilities remain aligned.” Andrew Hedley, a widely respected thought-leader, advisor on legal strategy and author recently published a book, Client Strategy in a Changing Legal Market which “provides a route map Continue Reading

Howrey: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

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The recent dissolution of the major US law firm Howrey has many law firm partners scratching their heads. What happened? Despite the warning signs, how could this unwind so quickly? And most importantly, how can we keep this from happening to [insert law firm name here]? In an interview with a Wall Street Journal reporter, Continue Reading

Fronterion Newsletter Release: Is onshore the new offshore?

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This month the focus of the Fronterion Forefront newsletter includes a number of recent developments in the onshore legal outsourcing segment. This includes third-party vendors expanding their domestic footprint or law firms establishing their own centers. “When legal process outsourcing (LPO) exploded onto the scene a few years ago, its success was built on the Continue Reading

The Future of the Legal Profession: Georgetown Ground Zero

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This earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending Georgetown’s annual conference. This year’s event, Welcome to the Future: Trends in the Delivery of Corporate Legal Services, was held on March 9th. In a welcome change of pace, I didn’t have any formal speaking obligations so I was free to take notes and enjoy Continue Reading

Australian: Different Flushes, Same Legal Pressures

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While the debate over ethical issues arising from the use of domestic and international legal outsourcing continues to mature, recent statements by an Australian justice suggest that a growing number of jurisdictions are taking on LPO ethical issues as adoption increases. Despite flip-flopped seasons and toilets flushing in opposite directions, it appears Australian legal professionals Continue Reading

Legal Outsourcing Summit – In Review…

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This month, representatives and LPO enthusiasts gathers for IQPC’s inaugural LPO conference in New York City at the Sentry Club. The speaking faculty included representatives from top AM Law firms and multi-nationals such as Microsoft, Pfizer, Nokia, Milbank Tweed, Hinshaw Culbertson, and Mayer Brown, among others. I had the privilege of chairing the event which Continue Reading

A&O Transfers Support Roles to Belfast

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Allen & Overy (A&O) ­announced last week that it is transferring 180 support roles to Belfast, Ireland. A&O will initially transfer 18 members of support staff to Belfast to deliver IT, HR, finance, business services and library functions from a single site, The Lawyer reports, and the legal services center will take on some routine Continue Reading

Thomson Reuters-Pangea3 Deal Raises Competitive Pressure

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There’s no doubt that legal process outsourcing is changing the delivery of legal services. Thomson Reuter’s acquisition of Pangea3 last November has further fueled the LPO discussion and sparked debate among industry experts about the ethical implications of Thomson delving into competition with its client base, especially since Pangea3 plans to open more offices in Continue Reading

Stay on Top of LPO Regulation in 2011

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After flying under the radar for several years, legal process outsourcing (LPO) has finally caught the attention of regulators around the globe. In the three main LPO markets – the United States, the United Kingdom and India – there is the potential for rule changes which could place outsourcing agreements under increased scrutiny or even Continue Reading