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First Scots legal outsourcing company to open in Glasgow
2 October 2012
The first legal process outsourcing company to come to Scotland has announced its intention to open in Glasgow.
NewGalexy Services Ltd (NGSL) will create 21 jobs in the city with support from Scottish Enterprise.
NGSL, which provides legal services to large corporations and legal firms worldwide, already has bases in London, Chicago and India and has chosen Scotland as the base for its European operations.
Its early focus will be on managed legal support services to law firms; legal risk management and supporting delivery of legal services to business sectors like banking and finance; engineering and construction; and technology, media and telecommunications.
Legal process outsourcing is part of an industry worth up to $1bn worldwide and growing at around 30% a year.
Robert Glennie, NewGalexy’s co-founder and executive chairman said: “I am delighted that of the various European locations we explored, Scotland has come out on top.
“Support from Scottish Development International was a key component in our decision to build our new onshore LPO business in Glasgow.
“Increasingly, European legislation will drive businesses to consider alternatives to offshoring legal work – and we are greatly encouraged by the enthusiastic support existing and potential new customers have given us as we launch this new, onshore facility."
The Law Society of Scotland, which has been in discussion with Scottish Development International and individual legal firms over the potential for bringing such work to Scotland, welcomed the news. Chief executive Lorna Jack commented: “NewGalexy Partners’ decision to make its European base in Scotland is very good news.
"Outsourcing of legal processing work is a fast growing area, worth up to about $1bn worldwide, and the arrival of NewGalexy is set to create a number of high quality legal jobs in Scotland, for which our members would make ideal recruits.
“Scottish solicitors and the Scottish legal system are highly regarded internationally and it is particularly fitting that this announcement has been made today when Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, and Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will highlight what Scotland can offer as an international hub for legal business, at an event we are hosting at this year’s International Bar Association conference, one of the largest gathering of legal professionals in the world.”