New Practical Law In-house resource, Practice note, Using alternative legal service providers to improve legal department operations
Recently, legal departments have begun moving away from exclusively outsourcing their legal work to law firms and have started sending work to non-traditional service suppliers known as alternative legal service providers (ALSPs). The services provided by ALSPs to legal departments include:
- Performing legal-related tasks that the department wants to separate from a law firm's representation of the organisation in an underlying legal matter.
- Handling legal-related tasks previously performed by department lawyers and staff.
- Depending on the jurisdiction's practising requirements, providing legal advice and representation to the organisation in place of a traditional law firm.
Practice note, Using alternative legal service providers to improve legal department operations discusses the key features of ALSPs and outlines:
- The definition of ALSP.
- The size and growth of the ALSP market.
- The different types of ALSPs.
- The services typically provided by ALSPs.
- The benefits and challenges of using ALSPs.
- Tips for successfully planning for, identifying, retaining and managing ALSPs.