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The strategic move: When do we outsource employment law matters?

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Business Law

In the complex realm of employment law, in-house counsel often serves as the first line of defense against legal challenges within a company. However, there are situations where the experience of outside counsel is invaluable. For business owners and in-house legal teams, recognizing when to seek external legal support is crucial for mitigating risks and ensuring compliance with ever-evolving employment regulations.

When should we hire outside counsel? Two common triggers

The decision to hire outside counsel should be strategic, with consideration given to the specific circumstances of the employment dispute. Examples can include:

  • Resource constraints: If the in-house team lacks the necessary bandwidth or experience to effectively manage the dispute. It is also important to take into account the potential impact of the dispute on the company’s operations and reputation as well as the financial implications, including the cost of outside counsel versus the potential liabilities at stake.

Outside counsel often has experience in employment law, providing insights that can be crucial for complex cases. External lawyers can also offer a fresh, unbiased perspective on the dispute, helping to identify potential weaknesses in the company’s position.

Leveraging outside counsel in employment law disputes can be a strategic move for in-house legal teams. It can provide specialized skills, reduce internal pressures, and improve the chances of a favorable outcome.

In-house counsel plays a pivotal role in managing employment law issues, but there are times when the complexity or scale of a dispute necessitates the use of outside counsel experienced with a niche area of the law. By identifying the triggers and understanding the benefits, in-house legal teams can make informed decisions about when to enlist additional support, ultimately protecting their organizations and better ensuring adherence to employment laws.