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Part III: Onshoring and Offshoring in the Context of Legal Outsourcing: Technical Infrastructure

May 28, 2011

This is Part III of a 6-part series on onshoring and offshoring in the context of legal outsourcing.

One of the time-consuming aspects of an offshore outsourcing arrangement is setting up the technical infrastructure at home and abroad to support the flow of information and documents.  This challenge is simplified in the domestic context, where even the smallest law firm has the capacity to fax, email, and mail documents.   Only more complex projects might mandate periodically posting files to an online server, which is still an easy procedure.

Because setting up the technical infrastructure for offshore legal outsourcing arrangements requires knowledge typically not held by an attorney, this becomes a key area of business for LPO (Legal Process Outsourcing) consultants, more than justifying their use.

Further, the technical infrastructure necessary to keep client information secure is heightened when sending case data abroad.  Not only are clients more (legitimately) concerned with the security of their information, but also there are more potential risks involved.  This does not mean that client data should not be sent abroad, only that these risks must be addressed in setting up the technical infrastructure to support the project.

These risks are minimized when working with an onshore legal outsourcing provider.  For “legal temps,” (big box contract attorneys) the work is done in-house, so direct supervision is possible.  For solo contract attorneys, a confidentiality agreement is a straightforward endeavor, and the consequences of breach are easily comprehended and, if necessary, implemented.

Solo and small firm attorneys should contact me by email or phone at 608-620-3529 to schedule a free consultation.

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