For some time, the repetitive and project-oriented nature of litigation made outsourcing a common solution for small- to medium-sized law firms. Yet as the recent recession took its toll on profits, it became tempting to train a critical eye on processes that were simply considered normal business solutions in the past.
eDiscovery, a task that many firms outsource, is one of those functions that promises both cost savings and greater efficiency as an in-house function. Although the drive to bring technology in-house is not new, the efficiency of the tools now available has created a tremendous advantage in efficiency and ROI. As a result, legal departments are once again considering the in-sourced model.
However, new forms of strategic outsourcing are gaining in popularity as well. Increased document relevance and responsiveness is the name of the game — and whether firms focus on in-house technologies to reduce volumes and minimize wasted review time, or on a healthy balance of in-house function and outsourcing, there has never been a better time to focus on pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to accomplish effective eDiscovery.
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By: Dean Kuhlmann