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Accenture’s UK legal department offshores legal work to Mauritius

In 2003, Accenture’s 30-lawyer UK legal department set up a legal service center in Mauritius. Accenture chose Mauritius because its population speaks Dutch, French and English and its lawyers are schooled in both civil code and common law, Legal Week, Jan. 20, 2006 (Ed Thornton). The article explains that the service center has seven staff, “freeing up in-house lawyers to focus on the more creative and demanding work.” (See my post of Oct. 18, 2005 about lawyers not necessarily wanting more creative and demanding work.)

Much has been written about offshoring legal services to India, but here is a dramatic variation (See my meta-post of Nov. 14, 2005 on offshoring.)