As legal work evolves, it’s becoming increasingly reliant on legal operations teams. From streamlining document management to improving collaboration, legal ops teams play a significant role in charting the course for the future of law.
Learn more about how legal teams can evolve to excel amid changing times with this new ebook.
Here we take a deeper dive into how the best legal ops teams are shaping the course of modern law.
The 4 Features Shared by Kick-Ass Legal Teams:
1. Broader adoption of automation
In a time of economic uncertainty, nobody wants to increase their headcount. But many organizations are still aiming for ambitious business goals. This calls for professionals who can deploy limited resources more creatively.
Legal ops teams are achieving this by deploying new tools and processes to manage legal matters, contracts, and clients. With new legal automation tools, legal ops teams are rapidly modernizing legal departments, freeing time to focus on more strategic and proactive steps.
2. Stronger alliances
Legal ops teams should be the connective tissue of an organization. Their work could be better when legal departments are siloed away from the C-suite, vendors, IT professionals, external law firms, and counsel. They become more reactive and less relevant.
But a legal ops team can build strong alliances with each partner, internal and external. Contact with business leaders will keep the legal team more strategically aligned, while a coalition with tech vendors and IT teams will ensure that legal professionals can move their work forward without a hitch.
3. Greater emphasis on strategy
Legal departments are trying to shake off the stereotype of being too slow, too risk-averse, and too complicated. One of the best ways to forge a new path for legal is to demonstrate a proactive commitment to the broader business goals.
While lawyers might find they’re too frequently pulled into the details of a specific legal question, legal ops teams can help the department maintain a broader vision that pushes forward critical strategic goals. Rather than constantly reacting to crises, legal ops teams can make legal professionals proactive in business.
4. Streamlined tech stack
Legal professionals are trying to catch up with their peers in other professions regarding wielding the right technology to make their work more efficient. But too often, they do this through a patchwork of software that needs to integrate or cohere neatly.
This leads to greater confusion, difficulty communicating, and difficulty sharing and accessing material. It also introduces new security and data protection issues, as client data is only as secure as the weakest link.
Forward-thinking legal ops teams are streamlining their stack to create a more robust, secure, and efficient legal work environment.This includes introducing platforms that provide end-to-end support for legal work, including legal document assembly, contract management, case and matter management, and business analytics.
Legal ops teams are redefining the practice of law. With the adoption of the proper legal technology, legal ops teams are making the practice of law more predictable, efficient, and strategic.
Read the ebook now to learn how to build out your legal team to prepare for the years ahead.