There are many forms of legal outsourcing that range from outsourcing administrative and support functions to outsourcing legal and law-related services domestically and abroad to ―offshoring,‖ in which a firm relocates certain legal and law-related services to a foreign jurisdiction that allows the firm to realize greater efficiency and lower costs. The question is whether a distinction between the duty of supervision over the work of foreign lawyers and domestic lawyers will continue to be valid in the changing global legal environment and whether the ethical obligations under the current rules for partners, managers, and supervisory lawyers in the traditional law firm setting will remain workable when it comes to outsourcing legal work abroad.
Tuft, Mark L.
"Supervising Offshore Outsourcing of Legal Services in a Global Environment: Re-examining Current Ethical Standards,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 43
, Article 9.
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