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All Legal Process Outsourcing Providers Must Have ISO 27001:2013

By Magellan Solutions

Updated on November 24, 2023

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Legal Process Outsourcing companies must bear the 27001:2013 or the ISO/ISMS Certification.


Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) frees legal practitioners from routine paperwork. This service can cover a multitude of functions. Not only paperwork but also research roles.  

Outsourced Routine Level Legal Works

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Transcription
  • Intellectual Property Legal Work
  • Data Analysis and Management
  • Document Drafting and Production
  • Paralegal Services like General Litigation Support
  • Contract Management, such as Review and Drafting
  • Review of Discovery Documents and Electronic Discovery (e-Discovery)
  • Administrative and Secretarial Support Services like appointment setting, bookkeeping, and billing

These legal processes, while considered routine, are costly.

To illustrate, a law firm spends 58% to 90% on document drafting, review, and litigation support. This is out of the total cost of litigation. Additionally, junior associates who handle these works have wages of $300-$400/hour. These processes are vital to any law firm’s success and cannot scrap in the entire operation.


Outsourcing routine legal tasks provides good cost management and organizational efficiency. Firms who outsource LPO services can enjoy up to 50% reduction on back office work. This enables law firms and lawyers to focus on their clients’ legal requirements.

Due to this, these legal processes are often sent to offshore LPO providers.


India dominates the LPO industry with an anticipated growth of $11 Billion by 2025. There are hundreds of Indian LPO companies providing legal support to Western clients. They offer high-value services such as legal research and patent filing.

While Philippine LPO offers drafting for patent applications, agreements composition, and legal research. As well as client consultation. This area of the globe became the go-to destination for outsourcing these services.


Outsourcing internal process requirements in the legal market is often frowned upon. This is because lawyers train to be able to finish what they started. The legal industry now functions more as a consumer-based system. Due to this, the focus in most firms shifted to ensuring efficient legal work than winning cases.


Important to note that LPO is client-driven. Law firms could each set unique parameters for their outsourced legal tasks. They also focus on LPO providers that can curate and deliver their requirements.

For this reason, LPO providers cater to secure the client’s requirements. The utmost priority is data security.


Why An LPO Needs ISO/ISMS 27001:2013 Certification


LPO work is not possible without proven measures for data security and confidentiality. For this reason, an outsourcing agency’s selling point is its data security protocols. LPO service providers handle, process, and store sensitive information of the law firm.

For instance, a law firm outsources a contract review to an LPO provider. It is common practice to sign service-level agreements. This is to protect personal data and non-disclosure of such information.


In 2012, ABA adopted a resolution to mitigate the risks of legal process outsourcing. The lawyer is responsible for asking for the client’s consent. Before legal outsourcing occurs, this is to inform the client about sending information overseas to an LPO.

Since 2008, corporate and private law firms have quickly adopted outsourcing. They found it beneficial to outsource non-core legal tasks overseas. Because not only does an LPO save a ton of cost, but it also promises to improve the work efficiency of the firm.


As a result, data privacy and security became a critical concern. This prompted the intervention of certification bodies, such as the ISO and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The client list of LPOs in Asia consists of law firms in the United States and the United Kingdom. When outsourcing legal tasks overseas, due diligence is a must.


This ensures transparency among clients, law firms, and LPO providers. As a result, confidentiality agreements became mandatory. This is between a law firm that seeks to outsource and an LPO company.

This gives law firms confidence and assurance. They can reduce legal expenses, focus on valuable legal tasks, and secure data.


LPO companies seek data security certification and regulatory board compliance. Adding to that, they only hire agents who have a legal background. This ensures that they are knowledgeable of legal processes and confidentiality agreements.

Law firms often require due diligence in handling this sensitive information before they partner with an offshore LPO service provider.


Thus, law firms or lawyers who outsource legal tasks need information security.

They commend LPO companies that can provide and guarantee information security. Outsourcing companies that can handle confidential information. At the same time offers quality legal output, products, or services.

Why ISO/ISMS 27001:2013 Certification is a Must for an LPO Provider


In any industry, a data breach is a nightmare. In the legal sector, top-notch information protection is essential.

The exchange of sensitive information occurs between a law firm to an LPO provider. Secured handling of personal data is a top priority for these clients. That is why information security management systems or ISMS must be in place.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification is the golden standard. This ISO certification provides integrity and legitimacy for an LPO company.


Requirements of this ISO standard cover the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of information. Then, improve the information security management system within the organization’s context. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 provides globally recognized information security controls in handling personal data and securing sensitive information. The clients mainly supply them to their LPO providers.


In this ISO 27001 certification, outsourcing companies must establish security practices for implementation. Maintain information within the organization. Adding to that, information classification is also followed. Data masking is a common practice.

This ensures that the sensitive data has an appropriate defense level against unauthorized disclosure, modification, removal, or destruction. This is for unauthorized access prevention. Employees have a specific group of access to client information.

With this in mind, this achieves efficient legal output with airtight information security.


What are the Benefits of ISO/ISMS 27001:2013?


  • Controlling and keeping the information secure
  • Build a security-based culture within the organization
  • Provide customers and stakeholders with confidence in how an organization manages risks
  • Manages and minimizes risk exposure
  • Provides a competitive advantage
  • Allows for secure exchange of information



ISO/ISMS 27001:2013 Ensure Information Security Amidst the Pandemic


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LPO providers had to send most of their employees home. But this could mean a security threat to sensitive information.

The Philippine outsourcing industry has established flexible data security. Even in a remote work setup, such security practices are being maintained. Information safety and secure processes are still met. 

  • Data Security

For employees in remote work, most Philippine LPO companies provide equipment. Their data is stored in the desktop’s hard drive or password-encrypted cloud storage.

  • Cybersecurity

Desktops provided by the companies are well-equipped with secured VPNs and firewalls. This protects them for their entire operation. Some even offer portable broadband connections for faster internet connectivity.

  • Streamlined Process

Employees use collaboration tools to track and assess their work in real-time. At the same time, employers can track their team’s productivity for efficient task delegation.


Magellan Solutions Where Information Security is a Priority


Indeed, the pandemic poses new threats to information security. Magellan Solutions has a value proposition to provide top-notch information security.

As an LPO provider, we are HIPAA compliant with the ISO 27001:2013 Certification from Bureau Veritas.

This is a minimal effort we want to provide our clients in the legal industry. It emphasizes that we put data security as our utmost priority.

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