Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

, Corporate Counsel


The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.

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What's being said

  • Mark Grobbel

    I have been reading about this trend for over ten years now. When does a trend stop being a trend and become a trickle?

  • JNelly

    Lawyers have allowed law schools to pop-up on every corner, and now they are letting companies hire lawyers from overseas to do their legal work. This career track is DEAD.

  • David Crow

    What is the downside of having legal work performed "offshore"?Is offshoring a good idea or is it in the same category as trying to findthe cheapest brain surgeon?Of course, it depends in part on what kind of legal work is being offshored.But in general, I am leery of the idea.

  • Ray J Alvarez

    Apart from the issue of exporting legal jobs from the UK/US, and strictly from a Shell self-interest point of view- it does certainly appear that Shell is being "penny wise" in following this trend.

  • Daniel Fallon

    Do any General Counsels protest the outsourcing of legal work and its impact on the already difficult legal market for those who spent the time and money not to mention the difficulty of U.S. Bar examinations. This seems contrary to the survival of licensed attorneys in the U.S>

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