Legal Futures: A Shore Thing

I had the pleasure of contributing a piece for Legal Futures website. The site focuses on the leading news and trends impacting the UK legal landscape.

My piece, A Shore Thing, comments on the impact of the onshore legal outsourcing trend and how it will potentially impact the roles of legal professionals both within and outside of the traditional legal model.

The ascent of the onshore legal outsourcing industry may change the shape and structure of traditional law firms from High Street to major City firms. The onshore component also raises questions regarding the relationship dynamics between general counsel, their respective law firm(s) and outsourcing vendors.

I also noted the changing roles of legal professionals: The 2010 Global Sourcing Study also revealed that legal outsourcing has changed the roles and dynamics of domestic lawyers and legal professionals. General counsel and lawyers who remain within the traditional legal structure of law firms and corporations will increasingly find themselves acting as aggregators, aggregating and integrating legal matters delivered from sources within and outside of their organisations. Services sourced outside of the organisation can be delivered both on and offshore. This shift to the aggregation of legal services is a sharp departure from the traditional legal services model in which attorneys offer bespoke legal advice within a discrete function area.

The recent deal announcements by WilmerHale and CMS Cameron McKenna exhibit prime examples of how these trends are being integrated in landmark deals and the legal landscape.

More information is available on the Legal Futures website.

Written by Fronterion