How GCs in Small CLDs are Meeting their Legal Operations Challenges

posted in Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

Ask any General Counsel about the legal operations challenges they face on a daily basis and the answer that comes back is most likely about increasing productivity, streamlining processes and/or creating value. It all boils down to operational efficiency, and being about to work in the most strategic way possible. To address these challenges, an entirely new discipline of “Legal […]

What is Legal Operations?

posted in Cloud technology, Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

What is Legal Operations?  If you are part of a legal department, you are probably already dealing with Legal Operations, whether or not you know it as such. To answer the question”What is Legal Operations?“, it’s important to make a distinction between the two things legal departments focus on. The first is legal work like providing legal advice, managing litigation […]

AI in the Legal Department: Can artificial intelligence transform your legal operations?

posted in Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

Legal departments are under increased pressure to operate like any other business unit, controlling costs and providing value that affects the bottom line. To accomplish this, legal departments, and increasingly legal operations professionals, are keen to adopt new technologies to increase efficiency and operate more strategically, including those that use Artificial Intelligence (AI). While AI promises to help legal professionals, aside from creating […]

How small legal departments can cope with an increasing workload

posted in Cloud technology, How-to, Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

If you think your job is more demanding and time consuming than a year ago, you are not alone. About 3/4 of in-house lawyers say workloads have increased compared to 2016. The question is, how can small legal departments cope with this increasing workload? For small legal departments that lack the budget to increase headcount or outsource legal work, this […]

5 tips for improving collaboration between legal and other departments

posted in Contract Management, General Counsel, Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

It’s an unfortunate reality, but in many small organizations the legal department is still seen as a “cost center” and a barrier to “getting deals done”. As General Counsel, it’s your aim to improve compliance and reduce legal risks across the entire organization. However, when colleagues avoid consulting in-house counsel because Legal is seen as a bottleneck, your role as protector of […]

3 myths about getting started with in-house legal software

posted in Cloud technology, Legal Innovation, Legal Technology

In-house counsel see technology as an opportunity to raise efficiency however myths exist that prevent many from implementing software in their own legal departments. Getting budget approval, difficulty integrating existing systems and a lack of time are often cited as the main barriers to adopting innovation. However, these challenges can easily be overcome with the right approach. In this post […]

6 productivity metrics to improve legal department performance

posted in Legal Innovation

As General Counsel, you need to be able to define and track efficiency opportunities, and communicate the value the legal department is generating for the company. Metrics can help legal departments quantify, analyze and report on performance and demonstrate business value.

Key Trends in Legal Departments for 2016

posted in Cloud technology, Contract Management, Legal Innovation

Legal departments talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. They like to boast that they’re at the forefront of innovation, but when it comes down to it they often revert to the old ways of fax machines, spreadsheets and filing cabinets. Each year, the Blickstein Group conducts a survey among legal professionals managing complex legal department operations, providing them with a benchmark and highlight the emerging trends in Iegal department operations management. The 8th Annual Law Department Operations Survey provides insights on a variety of legal department issues expected to play a role in the next year.

Top Legal Issues for the Internet of Things

posted in Cybersecurity, Legal Innovation

Google chairman Eric Schmidt claims that “the Internet will disappear.” No, he wasn’t referring to the fact that you won’t be able to “like” pictures of dogs on Facebook anymore or log in to your Effacts database. He meant that the internet as we know it will become so pervasive and integrated into so many everyday objects (think fridges, watches and cars) that users will no longer notice when they are interacting with it. This phenomenon is known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), a term for physical devices that come equipped with wireless internet connectivity. Currently, the technology is being integrated into devices at a rapid rate, while the legal world is grappling with the issues raised by the IoT, and identifying the ones which are of greatest concern.