Ex pat packages – extra supplements for lawyers who move to a foreign location – can double, or more, the cost of stationing a lawyer out of his or her native country. Those costs may be so high that an opportunity for professional development is not affordable by the law department. Client, lawyer, and department lose.
The expense of ex pats is a subset of the difficult issue of paying people around the globe equivalent amounts — purchase power parity. (See my post of later today on PPP.)