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There are four ways in which you can encourage business colleagues to be more coherent in the way they use the legal team:
raise their legal awareness so that they are better able to spot issues and seek guidance on a timely basis
reinforce the benefits of right time – right information consultations through regular interaction
suggest that where appropriate referrals to the legal team are filtered or subjected to a screening process
encourage management to put in place guidance on using the legal team (which you help them draft) and to take responsibility for monitoring any self help eg contract assembly
All four ways can be deployed in the same organisation, but 1, 3 and 4 depend on management buy-in. Given that most organisations do not want to keep adding to the in-house head count, managers need to accept that they have a part to play, promoting coherence of a finite resource.
Read Practice Note: Developing programmes to raise legal awareness
It is incumbent on you to encourage behaviour on the part of your colleagues which results in good management of legal risk as well as coherent use of the legal department.
You can do this by expressing appreciation to a business colleague who uses you for the right issues at the rig
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