This article is the third in a four-part series (Part 1 and Part 2) on implementing a corporate legal process outsourcing (LPO) solution. It discusses the assessment of key legal services for outsourcing.
Determining whether a legal process is core or non-core to the organization’s legal department is an important consideration when determining whether to source such functions. This involves an assessment to determine how essential a particular legal service is to the company’s business. In assessing whether a legal service is core to an organization, companies should consider whether sourcing the service compromises the legal department’s ability to establish and to execute business strategies related to that service. As the LPO market becomes more mature, corporate legal departments are starting to move outsourcing beyond transaction-based legal processes to higher level capabilities, such as contract drafting and IP.