Friday, September 17, 2010

Work It Out: Tri-party Line

Conversations between general counsel and their law firm counsel regarding LPO are increasingly important. These discussions should include when and if to utilize an outside LPO vendor. That topic is the central theme of my recent article in Berwin Leighton Paisner’s “Work It Out” journal.

The article is entitled, Tri-party Line: The integration of outside vendors into the delivery of legal and support services is one of the most significant developments affecting the legal profession...

The piece highlights issues that in-house legal teams should address and pitfalls to avoid when working within the tri-party relationship. As noted in the article, “The two primary challenges are managing the tri-party relationship – between in- house team, the law firm and the legal outsourcing vendor – and ensuring ethical compliance and adherence to professional standards by all parties.”

Attorneys in law firms and in-house counsels need to anticipate and prepare for these types of relationships which will be increasing in number in the future at LPO becomes a more common practice.