Law firms are facing important challenges in these times of rapid changes, which have caused tremendous stress in their business models. To adapt, Outsourcing of Core Legal Service Functions edited by Norman K Clark provides a timely answer considering how outsourcing certain core functions can impact the quality and cost of services. Very clearly, the book explains the guidelines to a well-informed and strategic outsourcing decision based on the aim to attain sustainable profitability.

The authors skilfully present the elements required for law firm profitability which every partner should master. In addition, they highlight the main trends and shifts legal practice is experiencing, and how outsourcing can help law firms navigate through these changes.  

The book provides a very useful guide for decision makers, whether at the law firm level or practice group level, to assess the possibility of outsourcing. Using case studies, the authors are able to provide practical examples of how to successfully implement outsourcing of legal and business functions. These include outsourcing examples related to patent work, cybersecurity, document review, with an important illustration on how technology can help legal practices.

The content is very well organised and includes multiple examples throughout. Outsourcing of Core Legal Service Functions is a must read as it provides an answer regarding how to maintain profitable practices illuminating options for legal managers facing current challenges which have disrupted law firms business models.

Carlos Taboada, Partner at Consortium Legal, Academic Director of INIDEM Business & Law School