The legal function of the future

The legal function of the future

The legal function of the future

How can general counsel prepare for the demands of the future? On 5th April 2017, the LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board met to discuss what the future holds for in-house legal and to share practical advice on staying one step ahead.

The session was facilitated by Juan Crosby, a partner in PwC’s Technology & Sourcing legal practice. Juan advises clients to help create the right mix of people, process and technology for the legal function to deliver an effective service.

A changing market

The session opened with a discussion about the external and internal drivers for change, including regulatory and political change and the pressure on legal to add value to a dynamic business. To move with these changes, legal need to break long-established practices by working cross-functionally, using new technology and utilising external providers. The starting point is an analysis of the capabilities and structure of the team that can be used to inform new ways of working and the reallocation of resource.

Becoming a strategic business partner

Legal are being challenged to think more strategically. Being

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.