BT signs new deal to outsource work to UnitedLex - March 30, 2010

BT has sealed a deal to send basic legal tasks to outsourcing provider UnitedLex, thus ending its in-house legal support services team in India. From 1 April, a 15-strong UnitedLex team (including lawyers, project managers and online support and administrative staff) will handle commercial contracting and antitrust regulation work for BT's offices in the UK, the US, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The team will be based in Gurgaon, India. BT's existing legal support services team, set up five years ago and is also based in Gurgaon, will cease to exist. However, its employees will be offered roles within the new UnitedLex team

Indian law group names City leaders in call for action against foreign firms - 26 Mar 2010

A group of Indian lawyers are seeking government action against 31 foreign law firms and a legal process outsourcing (LPO) company for illegally practising law "out of five-star hotels and business centres".

A petition for a writ compelling the Indian Government to act against foreign lawyers has been filed in the Madras High Court on behalf of a group called the Association of Indian Lawyers. Among the firms named in the writ are Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance (CC), Shearman & Sterling and White & Case. The writ accuses LPOs of basically being illegal foreign law offices.