Legal Process Outsourcing (also known as LPO) refers to the practice of a law firm or corporation obtaining legal support services from an outside law firm or legal support services company. When the outsourced entity is based in another country the practice is sometimes called Offshoring.
LPO services is at a nascent stage with relatively consistent market growth since early emergence of LPO in 1997. LPO providers have established themselves in Canada, India, the Philippines, the US, Israel and Latin America. They traditionally offer services in the areas of document review, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and briefs, and patent services outsourcing.
In-house law departments of major multinational corporations outsource some of their work in order to limit costs.