John Drennan: Howlin in bid to cut cost of legal services
Minister champions 'reverse auctioneering'
Published 28/08/2011 | 05:00
The government is considering a new initiative to slash the cost of legal services to the State.
In the wake of a recent visit to the American multinational Google, Public Reform and Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has become an enthusiast for a new method of tendering for legal services called "reverse auctioneering".
Under this concept, companies place advertisements for legal work on the internet and legal firms then tender on-line bids and compete with each other to secure the contract.