Digitalisation creates new business models. Uber provides mobility services without owning cars, thus displacing classical taxis. Airbnb offers private apartments for rent and thus creates competition for long-established hotel chains. All industry leaders must ask themselves if their traditional value propositions are still intact or if innovative players can use disruptive and networked technologies to […]
Despite legal operations being a relatively established function – only 2% are not focusing on it at all – 44% are assigning the responsibilities to a corporate lawyer rather than having a dedicated person. However, the trend is towards creating dedicated legal operations positions and building teams. So how do you prepare and train your existing team for legal operations success?
Legal e-Billing is well understood and not only in the large law firms. But those unfamiliar with it can be reluctant to use it. Lessons can be learnt from those firms who are experienced using e-billing, have dedicated e-billing teams, and are reaping the benefits.
In today’s business world, universal goals such as transparency, efficiency gains and data analysis are achieved through the combination of skilled personnel and software. The discipline of legal operations is no exception to this and is proven by a glance at the world’s leading legal operations teams. There is not one among them who does […]
“Lies, damned lies and statistics” is frequently used to deride data analysis, however data, in its raw form, can be a source of true facts; it is the interpretation and presentation of data that allows people to put their own agenda across. Over the years, legal teams will have built up a significant amount of […]
by Anastasia Hufen, In-House Counsel, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale Inhale. Exhale. Breathe in the April air, full of vernal confidence and the tempting thrill of spring. Well, back at my desk after a long sunny weekend, I could not help but ask: How can I keep the thrill by challenging my daily workload?! Simple enough: […]
Legal Operations teams are generally tasked with the design, planning and implementation of their legal team’s strategic initiatives to support the business. They must be able to balance managing risk and regulatory changes with operational efficiencies whilst keeping costs in check. Access to data in a structured form allows the team to provide valuable and […]
Getting your law firms on-boarded as efficiently and painlessly as possible is a key factor in the overall success of a legal eBilling project. How can you, as a legal department, add value to the process, and start a collaborative eBilling relationship?
Legal spend management technology generates savings for in-house teams in many ways. Using these savings areas, different eBilling software providers will estimate savings from $46,000 to $800,000 per year for a “typical” legal department. However, to truly know the financial impact, the cost of investment must also be considered and this is typically less publicised!
With the increased pressure on legal departments to improve efficiency and control costs, modern legal spend management solutions are a sensible option as they quickly generate savings that exceed the initial investment. A typical legal department can expect to save EUR 445000 in the first year. eBilling automates processes and allows legal departments to identify cost-saving measures both in the immediate term and by making use of data-driven strategies for the future. Here are six of the ways legal spend management can reduce your costs.
Part three. Change management is a very important component of successfully implementing new software in the legal department. It is often under stated or not fully appreciated. It is sometimes seen as an “add on” to the more technical aspects of the project. Those who underestimate the importance of change management during the course of the implementation often fail to achieve the desired business outcomes.
Part two. The importance of stakeholder engagement is vital, both during technology project definition and the implementation. So how can you identify key project stakeholders and get the buy-in required?
As you read in part one, the collection and analysis of stakeholder and end users’ requirements is a key enabler of success when designing and implementing a new system. It is of course (and unfortunately, frequently) possible to outline solution requirements without taking into account stakeholder needs but to do so presents a real but avoidable risk of project failure.
Some of these stakeholder groups or individuals may be fully on-board, giving it full support, and will require very little management in terms of expectations. However, there are likely to be key stakeholders who will have other priorities or may be resistant to the change that a new software tool brings.
Implementing a successful legal technology project: Scoping the project before buying or building the technology
In part one, we will answer the following questions:
Why use a is a scope document?
What should a scope document contain?
What steps should follow the creation of a scope document?
A lot of legal technology projects fail because the tool doesn’t meet the fundamental needs of the legal department. We recommend first documenting the requirements, then sourcing the right tool/s to meet these needs.
The benefits of e-Billing for corporate legal departments are well documented. With digitally created billing files and automated processing and checking of invoices, e-Billing saves a huge amount of administrative resource and tracks external legal spend in almost real time, ensuring adherence to guidelines and budgets. Less talked about is how the legal procurement function […]
Read why the use of eBilling software can improve the relationship between law firms and clients. With over 15 years of experience, author Bryan King is one of the world’s leading figures in the field of legal eBilling. Don’t miss reading his assessment of the “added value” benefits of eBilling.
The business process of legal e-Billing (electronic invoicing) between an in-house team and outside counsel is rapidly growing and there are many successful implementations from which we can learn lessons. There are some key factors that can assist with the implementation of e-Billing and help ensure that both the in-house legal department and the law […]
Read why your legal department may substantially benefit from legal eBilling and what to consider when selecting a software provider. With over 15 years of experience, author Bryan King is one of the world’s leading figures in the field of legal eBilling. Don’t miss reading his assessment of the do’s and don’ts.
We created BusyLamp to remedy the challenges of working with outside counsel. In-house counsel has historically had difficulties with the rising costs of legal services, matter management, and communications with outside counsel when it comes to legal billing. By eliminating these obstacles and helping reduce the costs of legal services, as well as the friction between in-house counsel and outside counsel, we hope to fulfill a pressing need.
Even many otherwise highly sophisticated CFOs and financial departments have a hard time estimating expenses and doing the fundamental accounting and bookkeeping they need to control costs and keep outside counsel appropriately reined in.
Hiring outside counsel to handle urgent, time-sensitive work (or even ongoing, non-sensitive projects) can be heartburn inducing, particularly if you’re tasked with keeping your team’s financials in line and reducing costs. Here are five battle-tested tips for making sure that the money that you do spend on outside counsel is spent wisely and that you get an appropriate return on any investment.