It was announced today that Thomson Reuters acquired Pangea3, “one of the largest legal outsourcing services company in India.”
Legal outsourcing services companies – otherwise known as “legal process outsourcing,” or LPO – are fairly new. LPOs involve law firms (and companies) hiring companies in India, the Philippines and elsewhere to carry out voluminous documentary review and other legal work, at cheaper cost. Some thought the trend was a fad, but with today’s development, it looks like LPOs are here to stay.
What will the impact be on practicing law in Canada? There will still be demand for the best litigators and corporate lawyers. But big law firms may be forced to revisit the trend towards staffing heavy document-intensive cases with large numbers of associates and students if the same work can be done for a fraction of the cost by overseas outsourcing companies like Pangea3. As Mitch Kowalski noted in today’s Legal Post Blog,law firms that do not have a well-thought business answer to LPOs may soon be “out of business.”