I have recently come across a few useful news items concerning offshoring or outsourcing legal services. 

Orrick continues to move forward with its outsourcing initiative. A recent press release reports that “Williams Lea, a leading Business Process Outsourcing provider specializing in Corporate Information Solutions, has entered into an agreement with international law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to deliver document and transactional processing services to the firm… The new Williams Lea Corporate Information Center will be a state-of-the-art facility with centralized operations for Orrick and other professional business services companies throughout the world.”

Fellow ALM Blogger, The Wired GC has had two recent posts on offshoring. One is a podcast with the Wired GC interviewing David Perla, co-CEO of legal offshoring company Panagea3. (You can also read my May 2005 interview with Mr. Perla.)

The Wired GC also reports on a new web site concerning legal offshoring:   offshore-legal-services.com. I’ve reviewed this web site and it has interesting information. I’m not yet exactly clear on what services are offered but it appears to be positioned to help law firms or departments select or manage lawyers working in India.