Commercial pressures, the tidal wave of new regulations and requirements, urgent day-to-day requests and the relentless drive to deliver more for less can overwhelm even the most proactive, strategically-focused in-house legal functions. On top of this, General Counsels are constantly required to demonstrate the value of their teams and produce metrics.
At the same time, the pace of change in the legal services industry – with new technologies and new approaches are apparently being launched daily – means that identifying best practice and considering potential change initiatives is becoming more and more challenging.
Having an external view to help consider the options and evaluate how to drive improved performance within your in-house legal team can help unlock solutions and set new direction. In addition, bringing in additional resources to support the building of a business case and drive implementation often enables teams who are already struggling with increasing workloads to deliver the step-change improvements required.
Our expertise extends across all aspects of legal operations and technology and we work with leading GCs and in-house teams across numerous sectors. In addition, our understanding of the legal technology market and the latest cutting edge tools being used within the legal sector is second to none.
As a result, we can help you identify what you could improve, where your priorities should be, how you could improve and what tools and technologies you should use to achieve success.
We have a tried-and-tested approach to working across large in-house legal teams and the key business stakeholders. For a clear, agreed fixed fee, we will diagnose the issues, recommend solutions and select the technologies needed to deliver world-class performance. We will then provide a project plan for implementation, using the clients’ in-house resources or our team of highly experienced consultants.
In addition, we work with individuals and teams to support their personal development by broadening their view of the market and delivering individualised training packages.
Specific services we offer:
We help develop and evaluate the strategic direction of your in-house legal team, creating a strategic roadmap to delivering greater value to your business.
We have a tried-and-test, structured approach to helping in-house legal teams and their key stakeholders diagnose the issues they face and prioritise the areas for improvement. Our consultants then deliver a comprehensive report that includes recommendations and a change plan with identified resource requirements. This is all delivered for a low-cost, fixed fee.
Our comprehensive view of the legal technology space enables us to provide insight into the relative costs and benefits of the tools available. We can help you define requirements, evaluate options, select the right solutions and implement new technologies, while avoiding the common pitfalls and traps that others have experienced. For example, we can advise on how to combine technologies to create sophisticated, bespoke solutions that integrate effectively, and we can also provide advice on data security and technical issues.
Legal Operations Consultancy
Our teams can help you take a high-level view of your operations to consider whether activities are best delivered using in-house resources, via law firms, or by one of the range of new service providers. We build clear business plans and provide sophisticate financial analysis to give you greater insight into your current operations and support you in identifying the impact of various operating models.
Panel Reviews and Supplier Management
Most General Counsel are wrestling with striking the right balance between building, long-term strong relationships with legal service providers and ensuring the suppliers selected continue to deliver value-for-money without becoming complacent. In advance of panel reviews, we have helped analyse historic legal spend and the types of work undertaken, which helps inform decisions around both the number of panel firms and skill-sets required. In addition, once panels are in place, we can put in place on-going metrics to ensure the appointed firms deliver.