Nov 2, 2019

About Outsourcing and Offshoring your Legal Services ! Kelechi Achinonu

A bit of curiosity got me thinking and trying to understand the difference between Legal Process Outsourcing and Legal Service Offshoring. I did a bit of research and then thought to share my now better grasp of both concepts.

 Legal Process Outsourcing refers to assigning law-related tasks to an external firm (locally or globally) that is able to handle those tasks efficiently. Legal Services Offshoring refers to getting your legal work done in a different country, usually to leverage cost advantages.

I know they really seem alike, but one differentiating element turns out to be LOCATION.

For example, let’s assume a tech company in Nigeria decides to contract a law firm in Nigeria to carry out all law-ish activities, now that’s outsourcing. But in the case where the same tech company contracts a law firm in India to carry out the law-related tasks, that’s offshoring.

Yea, I know it still sounds somehow….

Okay, let’s look at some of the benefits and challenges for both concepts. 

This is what I think. Whether you decide to outsource or offshore your legal tasks, you should really consider the following:

1.     Competence and efficiency of the contracting firm
2.     The flexibility of communication between both parties (to what extent would technology be leveraged to enhance communication)
3.     The flexibility of availability for both parties (for instance, in the case of emergency sit-down talks)
4.     Confidentiality and Information security ( your data should be really important to you)
5.     Laws and regulations that would guide such contractual relationship
6.     Your own peace of mind.

Thanks for reading!

Founder Techlawyered | Technology Lawyer | LegalTech Advocate | Software Developer