This article appeared in the July 2009 “Changing Direction” issue of LAWPRO Magazine. All Magazine articles can be found at

Strategically sourcing legal services may not be a new phenomenon, but the current economic downturn, coupled with the growing realization that the legal profession needs to rethink its business model to survive in the long term have put one such option – outsourcing – in the spotlight, say two outsourcing providers.

Both Gavin Birer, president of Toronto-based Legalwise Outsourcing Inc., and Stephen Taran, president of Taran Virtual Associates (TVA/The Legal Outsourcing Network), say lawyers and law firms large and small are giving the outsourcing option a second look – largely because it addresses some of the pressure points facing lawyers and law firms today.

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