Clifford Chance has again hired a legal "consultant" from its Gurgaon-based captive legal process outsourcing (LPO) centre OSC Export Services as a lawyer into the main firm.

"The role of a consultant at OSC is very different from that of a practising lawyer and the transition is not easy.  However, in exceptional circumstances, it has been possible to offer opportunities for OSC employees to move into a career at Clifford Chance," said a Clifford Chance spokesperson.

In November 2009, Clifford Chance hired two OSC lawyers into the main firm as newly qualified lawyers.

At the time Clifford Chance knowledge centre director Mark Ford told The Lawyer magazine that despite lawyers' individual success the Indian offshore centre was totally separate from the firm and should not be seen as "a conveyor belt into Clifford Chance - it's a separate function".

This year OSC, which is a wholly owned India-based subsidiary of Clifford Chance, recruited four students from NLU Jodhpur this financial year and one student from NLIU Bhopal.

OSC handles back-office work for Clifford Chance's international office as well as legal support work, having billed around 12,000 hours of work in the 2008-09 financial year, which is rougly the equivalent of the hours billed by seven London associates.

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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 09 Jul 10, 08:10
Good show! and many congratulations. The right training and hard work pays.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 09 Jul 10, 13:08
Way to go CC. Shows that ultimately hard work and eagerness to zoom up the learning curve pays great dividends. And, heartening to see CC measure a person's employability strictly on their performance and potential - and use that criteria to give exceptional lawyers in their spin-off offshore unit an opportunity to join the "mother" firm.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 09 Jul 10, 21:28
"right training and hard work "

"strictly on their performance and potential"
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 11 Jul 10, 03:30
The timing of this article and the tone used hints that the editor probably wanted a debate on the topic to get linked to he Chennai petition and how probably Clifford Chance has, by somehow offerring a job to a smart young kid, violated (some unknown) Indian law...

Kian: I am not expecting you to respond, but stuff like this can give ammunition to people who would not want young people from Indian offices of get employed with CC.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 14 Jul 10, 00:11
Thanks for your comment but not at all related, at least not intentionally. And I do not see why hiring a lawyer from India should at all be related to the Chennai writ petition and no other readers seem to be making that link either.

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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 14 Jul 10, 03:29
OSC also hired people from NLS bangalore(LL.M)for the first time, It shows that they are picking up cream from the indian legal market. OSC is looking to expand its capacity and will be aggressive on hiring. The only hitch is that by recruiting are they making any violation of indian law? Is OSC the other way of getting into CC?
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