I'm still trying to understand exactly what the plan is, but here's excerpts from the press release:
Collaborative venture, with more than 400 attorney and technology resources, pairs best-in-class technology and innovative quality control processes to offer broader scope, lower cost and more predictable and efficient services
Richmond, Virginia (October 30, 2013) –The national law firm of LeClairRyan and UnitedLex, a leading global provider of legal and business technology and consulting services, today jointly announce the creation of the LeClairRyan Legal Solutions Center.
This collaborative venture, effective November 1, will provide a wide range of support services and incorporate best-in-class technology and quality control processes which will be uniquely integrated into the law firm's litigation and transactional practice areas. The LeClairRyan Legal Solutions Center is an innovative response to the rapidly evolving legal landscape and will assist clients with achieving their objectives of obtaining more comprehensive, value-based services at a lower and more predictable cost.
[Stephen Gillers asks in the comments about the siginficance of this announcement. I could be wrong, but it strikes me as a big change when a large law firm starts partnering this way with a LPO business. It's an increase in the porosity of biglaw, an increase in the disaggregation of legal services, etc.]
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(h/t: Kevin Colangelo)