The world according to Google is an interesting place. Like many of us, I get a daily dump of new posting relating to my specialist areas. I am an avid “clicker” so I do look at 80% of what I get sent. But sometimes, just sometimes, something jumps out that is trully startling.
And so it was last week, when the headline “LPO Firm Acquires Law Firm” opened in front of me. Was this another pivotal breakthrough in the evolution of Legal Outsourcing? Was this a manifestation of the Alternative Business Structures in the UK? What were the implications for the Legal Outsourcing firm competing in a space where they were head to head with their customers?
What tantalized me more was that every time I clicked on the link, Safari crashed. I assumed that the site had been overloaded by similarly shocked people around the world. I then opened it up on my phone and was so frustrated by the lack of details.
In true – jump straight in mode – I picked up the phone to Integreon (for it was they) and took the PR department by surprise. Only when they came back to me minutes later did it transpire that it was a “thought” piece, intended to stimulate discussion.
The interesting thing is that there are a number of similar (though not as headline grabbing) deals under discussion in the market just now. These are LPO deals that will just “be different” from the normal supplier/buyer relationship. While I do think the time when this headline becomes true is a distant never, there are shades of grey and I’d expect some interesting announcements in the coming 6-9 months.
By the way, here is the link to the article.