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This Practice Note provides practical guidance and tips for in-house lawyers on boosting quality, productivity (by way of a better coordination of work effort and allocation) and transparency within their legal teams.
In an ideal world the legal department should enjoy the following in relation to incoming work:
early visibility of projects/transactions with a significant legal dimension
rapid allocation to the most appropriate legal resource (internal/external)
early assessment of its significance to both he business and the legal team
exploitation of expertise and know–how
In relation to work underway the legal team should:
know the status of work in progress—timelines, milestones etc
be reporting to management—legal and business
have visibility of resources devoted, including external spend
have ready access to files, precedents and know-how (not just by creator)
have prompts/workflows—but avoid rigidity
ensure consistency of approach—but with flexibility for innovation and improvement
ensure consistency of content (work product)
In relation to work done the legal department should:
ensure know–how capture and sharing
have ready retrieval of documents with legal significance
In order to achieve all of this, members of the legal team need encouragement to:
be transparent about what they are doing and how they are doing
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