East and West Converge on US Legal Marketplace


Years ago, when I was picking up my youngest from pre-school, I had occasion to ask a question of one of the other moms, who had 4 (yes, count them) kids about the details of a particular upcoming school event. She very sweetly turned to me and said, without explanation: “I operate on a need-to-know basis” and then carried on her mission of gathering I’m not sure how many of the 4 kids for the journey home.

I got it immediately. She had so much on her plate, that any information she did not need to carry out the immediate task at hand was considered unnecessary, and therefore she had no idea.

I liked her theory, and have used it often since that day long ago. Unfortunately, it is not always an appropriate methodology. Sometimes, without the information, you don’t know that you need to know it.

But that is how it seems much of the profession feels about reports and conversations concerning two distinct law practice market dynamics. These dynamics are converging to present a more complex challenge to the way we here practice law: from the East, the aggressive insurgence of Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO); and from the West, the emergence of the UK’s Alternative Business Structures (ABS) portion of their Legal Services Act (LSA).

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