Date Created: 08 August 2012
SDI and the Law Society of Scotland are working to position Scotland as an international centre for legal process outsourcing operations (LPOs).
As part of the drive to promote Scotland as an international centre for conducting legal business, legal process outsourcing providers will be encouraged to locate in Scotland.
With high quality legal education, Scotland has the skills and experience to carry out complex outsourcing work and companies choosing to invest in Scotland would be able to apply for funding and grants.
Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, said:
"Scottish solicitors are highly regarded internationally and we have welcomed SDI's recognition of the importance of Scotland's legal sector to our economy and its plans to attract more legal work to Scotland from around the globe.
"The legal sector is a major employer in Scotland, providing around 20,000 jobs, including our 10,400 solicitor members, and contributing £1.2 billion to the Scottish economy and I would hope that encouraging organisations to outsource their legal process work here will boost that further.
"In addition to promoting our expertise to elsewhere in the UK and overseas, many of our larger law firms already outsource legal processing work to third party providers. This would give them increased choice and the opportunity to keep the work in Scotland in addition to generating job opportunities, both for qualified solicitors and for law graduates who aim to qualify as solicitors.
"The legal services market is currently undergoing huge change and it's important to make sure that our members can benefit from new opportunities and that we promote what Scotland has to offer to the legal and business communities both at home and further afield."
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