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I am a finance and legal professional with over 15 years of continuous professional experience at a Senior-level. I am planning to set-up my own office of LPO in my hometown Guwahati, Assam. As I have no knowledge of setting up any new business model, I want some of the experts to guide me to build my own & provide me some of the most required information and guidance. I have around a team of 20-30 tenured legal professionals specialising in different subject-lines.

I want to know what is the minimum qualification, investment and requirement to set-up an LPO office in India.

From India, New Delhi
Please discuss in brief, what will be the modus operandi of the operation of your firm and the legal professionals as individuals, and which type of service your LPO is designed to provide to which type of clients? Are these legal professionals registered with the bar council of district or state or of India. Also whether the business will be on-shore or off-shore also.
From India, Delhi
Good to hear from Mr. Dhingra,
My idea to set up this professional line lies in a structure where this office will be the outsource partner into corporate legal affairs for both onshore and offshore clients.
All the legal professionals are registered lawyers(mostly registered under the Guwahati High Court), corporate officials and also includes senior level government retired personnels, with a willingness to be part of a joined corporate structure of own & that too in the native location.
The areas which I will be presently focusing will be :- i). Corporate solutions, ii). Litigation solutions, iii). Intellectual property solutions, iv). M&A v). Legal secretarial services. Following that we will also expand into other legal fields alike data validation and legal audits.
Hrishikesh Sarma

From India, New Delhi
Dear Hrishikesh,
You maay please provide some more clarifications on the following points:
1) Are you also a registered practising lawyer or a working or retired finance profesional with law qualification?
2) Your associates will be your employees or on hire basis on case to case basis?
3) Have you prepared some business plan or not?
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From India, Delhi
Hello Mr. Dhingra,

Sorry for the late response.

Based on your aforesaid queries, please mark my following responses:-

Q1) Are you also a registered practising lawyer or a working or retired finance profesional with law qualification?

Response :- I am presently a senior-level finance & legal professional working with an US-based healthcare MNC.

Q2) Your associates will be your employees or on hire basis on case to case basis?

Response :- Most of my associates are presently practising lawyers, retired govt officers, etc. At the present onset, their remuneration will be a case-to-case basis. Once my complete set-up is operational, they are all interested in joining my company on its rolls.

Q3) Have you prepared some business plan or not?

Response :- I haven't prepared any full-fledged business plan as such. It is just what clicked my mind and so I want to built such a structure based on my experience over the years. Also, there are supporting people or associates who have shown their interest in such a set-up.

Hope I have responsed to your queries as per your requirement.

Please get back to me, if you have any further queries.


Hrishikesh Sarma

From India, New Delhi
Sorry, but if you have no idea how to go about this, and expect other people to tell you, then you are headed for disaster.

Take a step back, and do some research on this FIRST.

Start first with a thorough SWOT analysis of both yourself and the business idea. After that put together a very detailed and comprehensive Business Plan that sets out exactly how the business is going to be set up, what funding you have, how you will operate, how you will market, and where the clients will come from.

What is going to be different about you and your business?

How are you going to find clients, when all the other similar businesses around you are seeking the same clients?

How are you going to support yourself (and your family if applicable) while you try to establish the business and make it profitable to pay you a salary?

What capital and ongoing finance do you have to start this business, hire and pay staff, rent office accommodation, pay for marketing and advertising etc etc??

How many other similar businesses are there right now in your area that you will be competing with?

As a general rule of thumb, you need to work out what your total living expenses are for a year, and put that money to one side. That relieves the pressure to some extent while you try to establish the business. At least you can then maintain a roof over your head, continue to eat, and pay for all your living expenses, though of course, you may need to live more frugally.

Secondly you will need to work out what it is going to cost to set up the business from scratch, then how much money you will need to run the business for at least a year. Very very few businesses ever make any money in the first 12 months, so if you are counting on this generating income as soon as you open the doors, then I seriously advise you to rethink this idea NOW.

We have so many postings here on CiteHR of people who have started their own businesses, and are now desperately seeking clients etc, because the business is failing. I'll guarantee that none of these people did any research first, or made sure they had funds in place to live on.


From Australia, Melbourne
Dear Hrishikesh,
Never mind, if you are late in response. You can go ahead with your plan to open an LPO. But an exhaustive & perfect business plan is a must to start with. But, if you seek the practising lawyers to be your enployees that will not be possible. They can become members of the group, as consultants, on case to case fee basis.
Best of luck.

From India, Delhi
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