Determining when to outsource legal services

What are the factors that legal departments should consider related to determining timing of a LPO initiative?

This article is the last in a four-part series (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) on implementing a corporate legal process outsourcing (LPO) solution. It highlights key considerations related to determining timing of a LPO initiative.

Once a corporate legal department determines which services to outsource, it should next determine the ideal time to make such a transition. In assessing whether a function is ready for outsourcing, a company should determine whether the process requires further maturation within the organization before being sourced and, if so, whether they should outsource before, during or after internally transforming those processes. As LPO solutions become more commonplace in the market, corporate legal departments are beginning to take a more sophisticated approach to legal service assessment and to view LPO as a way to supplement or complement broader corporate transformation initiatives.

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Gail Blauer

Gail is a Director in Deloitte's Strategy and Operations practice. She focuses on large, complex Global Business Model Transformation guiding clients through outsourcing, shared services...

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Michael Caplan

Michael Caplan is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting and part of Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice, where he advises clients across industries in various legal...

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Nikhil Lala

Nikhil Lala is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Tax and part of Deloitte’s Service Delivery Transformation practice, in the areas of business process outsourcing, legal...

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