A 12-month plan to revitalise a legal department
Produced in partnership with Paul Gilbert and Lawrence Smith of LBC Wise Counsel
A 12-month plan to revitalise a legal department

The following In-House Advisor guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Gilbert and Lawrence Smith of LBC Wise Counsel provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A 12-month plan to revitalise a legal department

Scenario: The team is working hard, but demand is increasing and resources are tighter than ever. The usual edicts have gone out from the business to do more with less, yet operational pressures are increasing. Some lawyers perhaps risk a burn out, but the space for change is decreasing and the energy/appetite for change is not obvious. This is the not untypical drift to a place where the team, despite its best day-to-day endeavours, has lost momentum to keep on top of demand and to effect influence over their work.

Three interdependent moving parts can make this situation better:

  1. making a real reduction in the volume of work coming into the team

  2. resetting the role, strategy and short-term objectives for the team

  3. putting in place the longer-term infrastructure changes around knowledge management, training and policy/process that help to better