02 Feb In the Press – ‘On Demand’ in-house lawyer service launches

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In a Scottish first, Ferguson Legal has launched Outsource – the ‘on demand’ in-house lawyer service, offering the expertise of an in-house lawyer without the commitment.

The service quickly appealed to GM Mackenzie Ltd, a fast-moving company with complex legal requirements.

“The nature of our business means there are periods where we need an in-house lawyer every day, handling contracts and employment law, followed by quieter periods where we don’t. To have a resource that matched our demand and allowed us to save a considerable sum was just brilliant – I don’t know why law firms haven’t offered this sooner,” said Gordon Milne.

Outsource gives companies a fixed cost per month. A service contract outlines the precise legal work required, leaving nothing in doubt and giving the client total financial control.

Principal solicitor Carole Ferguson launched the service following the drop in the global oil price.

“Living and working in Aberdeen I see first-hand the problems faced by the oil industry. They are under immense pressure to cut costs, but can’t risk having an in-house legal adviser who’s not fully qualified, and it’s the same in many other sectors,” she explained.

“I have seen the trend for an outsource service work well in Australia and the United States and saw this could be the perfect opportunity to introduce it here, not just to the oil industry but across all markets.”

“My clients love to have the personal service without the full-time commitment, as well as the option of having their lawyer work remotely or in the office.”

Ferguson Legal offers all aspects of commercial law including construction, compliance and regulatory, health and safety, transport and logistics, energy, investigations and criminal prosecution as well as litigation services

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