DLA Piper has teamed up with the world’s largest NewLaw business, Lawyers On Demand to provide clients with flexible resourcing.
Giving DLA Piper the ability to scale up and down in response to demand and giving a wider range of career opportunities to staff and alumni, the firm will now offer services undertaken by a flexible lawyer pool (created and managed by Lawyers On Demand and AdventBalance).
The announcement follows the partnership between the firm’s UK arm and Lawyers On Demand, announced back in November.
“There's only a few good international providers like this, we've got first mover advantage,” DLA Piper global co-chief executive Simon Levine told the Australian Financial Review.
“If you don't tie up with one of them then you have to grow your own.”
Levine told the AFR that the move wouldn’t reduce the number of lawyers required by DLA Piper but rather open a whole new work stream.
He said the firm will be looking to extend the offering to Continental Europe.
“Our collaboration with DLA Piper has exceeded all our expectations and we are delighted, though not surprised, to be ‘going global’ so soon after the UK launch,” said Lawyers On Demand co-founder Jonathan Brenner.
“DLA Piper’s passionate commitment to innovation shines through everything that it does and, together, we have been a real force for change in the legal industry.
“Today’s news comes hot on the heels of LOD’s ground-breaking merger with AdventBalance, and clearly demonstrates the enormous potential of the deal. We’ve taken New Law global and, in doing so, have created the perfect storm. Watch this space for more to come.”
The announcement marks the first step of the roll out of the Lawyers On Demand flexible solution offering outside of the UK.