Writing a business case
Writing a business case

The following In House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Writing a business case
  • The importance of being able to prepare a business case
  • Preparing a business case
  • Understanding and developing a business case

If you have been tasked with preparing a business case, you should already be aware of the purpose of the business case, why it is you are preparing it and what you are seeking if, and when, you obtain approval for it from your organisation. Perhaps you are looking to introduce a new practice management tool for the legal department and are seeking the appropriate financial investment and buy in from your organisation, or funding for some other purpose.

While the end result may be clear, what you may not be aware of, however, are the various points you need to take into consideration and factor in to your business case before you submit it for approval, to put yourself in the strongest position so that it is likely to be approved.

The importance of being able to prepare a business case

If you speak to a number of lawyers, it is likely that many of them have never had to review a business case, let alone prepare one themselves; after all, what would they be writing a business case for? The legal department is unlike other departments within an organisation, such as marketing, who might be seeking investment for a particular campaign, or product development, who may be seeking investment to create new products—all customer facing departments where, unlike the

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