Legal Operations is the set of business activities, processes and people that aims to optimize the delivery of legal services to an organization and maximize an in-house legal team's ability to both protect and grow the company.
The service we provide will depend on the size of the company and legal team, its strategy and the needs of the organization.
What is the necessary set of skills?
A strong understanding of the core business,
An ability to translate the needs of business departments into legal requirements,
A commitment to use the internal legal department to grow the company
An ability to manage outside law firm performance.
Do more with less.
Why does an organization need Legal Ops Solutions?
A General Counsel usually finds that he/she and his/her highly-qualified lawyers are spending a lot of time and efforts on the operational aspects and devoting a great deal of energy to “non-legal” issues, including (Needless to say, that as the legal team grows, the number of "non-legal" tasks also increases).
The result of dealing with such “Non-Legal” aspects is that senior lawyers have little time to focus on these new areas of responsibility and, having not necessarily been trained to undertake them, find that they make less progress on them than they anticipated.
In addition, in many cases, the GC is the only “senior” person who understands and “talks” the legal language (while his/her direct manger is a business person that may not understand the risks and legal aspects). This common situation may lead to ongoing conflicts and demands by the company’s management (and specifically, the direct manager of the GC) to be more efficient, flexible and creative. Needless to say that it may put the GC between a rock and a hard place.
What Every Legal Department Really Needs
Every corporate counsel faces the challenging requirement of straddling the legal profession and the business world. Successful in-house attorneys partner well with business clients, offer viable business solutions and help clients meet business objectives.
Financial and Vendor management (including Alternative Support Models (Lawflex)
Data management, analytics and transparency
Communications (internal and cross-departmental)
Strategic planning, team development and mentoring