Legal Outsourcing OK If Ethics Rules Followed: ABA

Law360, New York (August 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- American lawyers must pay special attention to ethics rules requiring competence and protection of confidential information when outsourcing legal work overseas, a committee of the American Bar Association said Monday.

The ABA's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility said in an opinion published Monday that "there is nothing unethical about a lawyer outsourcing legal and nonlegal services, provided the outsourcing lawyer renders legal services to the client with the 'legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.'”

But like all lawyers, the...
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