Paralegal Outsourcing – Is India too far?
Business Standard.com (India) has a post that attempts to deal with the concept of privilege in the context of attorney/paralegal – client confidentiality in context of the law in England, the United States, and India. What particularly drew my attention, however, was this:
This has assumed criticality for India in the context of outsourcing of legal or paralegal work. Jurisdictions such as the UK which have the same language and common law tradition, as India, have extended this in their Law Society rules to include outsourcing.
However in the aftermath of Sarbanes Oxley, the US Department of Justice and SEC have frequently required waiver of immunity, imposed duties of reporting to Government agencies of matters such as currency transactions.
While it was not, I think, the intent of the passage to raise the issue, it did make me wonder about the possibility that some paralegal work in the United States, might be outsourced not to local “Virtual paralegals,” but to India or similar jurisdictions! If an attorney in Boston can “supervise” a virtual paralegal located in San Francisco, could she not also do so with one located in India? Since licensing is not required in the United States, is the door open to this sort of outsourcing? Perhaps, it is happening already. If any of you know, I’d like to hear from you.