SCL Podcast: Outsourcing 2008: The Deals and the Lawyers Role in Them

A recording of the SCL Outsourcing Interest Group meeting which took place on 27 March 2008 - available as an MP3 download and accompanied by the speakers' slides. (Podcast course code HW/SFCL16 part of the SCL online CPD scheme - 1 hour)

Please see the Recommended link on the right for the SCL online CPD scheme questions

The Evolving Role of Lawyers and Advisers in Outsourcing – Professor Mari Sako

  • What do (and should) lawyers do exactly beyond their traditional task of drafting and negotiating contracts?
  • Should lawyers be hired before advisers to give business advice?
  • Should advisers be involved in providing not only business advice but also in designing commercial terms and conditions?
  • What, in effect, is the division of labour between lawyers and advisers in managing outsourcing relationships?
  • How do client firms view the impact of legal and advisory inputs on the sustainability of outsourcing relationships?

Contract Transitioning - a roadmap for success. A look at retendering, insourcing and contract extension – Mark O'Conor

  • how active contract management will allow an informed decision for future contract vehicle
  • how to avoid having not choice but the incumbent
  • the different issues raised by contract extension, insourcing and retendering, and
  • a best practice approach for each

Professor Mari Sako is Professor of Management Studies and Faculty Dean at Said Business School, and a fellow of New College, University of Oxford. Professor Sako is a Senior Fellow of the ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research www.aimresearch.org. As part of this programme, she is currently researching on the role of lawyers and advisors in outsourcing, the impact of outsourcing on professions, and origins of the creation of shared and outsourced services.

Mark O'Conor is a Partner in the Technology, Media & Communications group of DLA Piper UK LLP. His work includes all aspects of IT law, majoring in particular on public procurement, IT in the financial services sector and e-commerce issues in general. Mark has specialised in the development of standard shrink-wrap licences for both the software publishing and CD-ROM industries (SPA and CD-ROM SPAG) and has drafted Internet usage guidance for both central and local government. He has advised on a number of PPP and PFI deals for local and central government. He has also advised on a variety of electronic trading and data feed arrangements for banks and exchanges around the world.

Published: 2008-03-27T00:00:00

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