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A new era of legal transformation

Taking Legal Operations to the next level

As in-house lawyers transition to become more strategic business partners, what will the future of corporate legal look like? While that may be different at every organization, legal departments should start forming their vision for the future—and strategies to help get them there.

So, what’s holding legal departments back today? 

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Taking steps to modernize Legal Operations

After a challenging year, corporate legal departments are managing more projects, doing more administrative work, and finding that technologies and processes aren’t keeping up with their needs. In our 2021 State of Legal Operations survey, the need to modernize how legal services are delivered remains top of mind, with 91% of those surveyed agreeing that the time is right for leadership to take bold steps to innovate Legal Operations.

What’s top of mind in legal departments across the country?

In our 2021 survey, we checked in with the legal departments at 81 companies across five industries, including financial services and insurance; life sciences and healthcare; energy, technology, media, and communications; and consumer.

General counsel participants were able to select from the 12 Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) Core Competencies to better understand where they stack up against an industry standard maturity model. Many chose more than one and 22% selected them all.

Firm and Vendor Management (80%) and Technology (74%) were the most chosen Competencies. Financial Management (65%), Strategic Planning (65%), and Project/Program Management (64%) are other key areas of interest.

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Finding your place on the Legal Operations maturity curve

Legal transformation is a big concept. Successful evolution requires sustained and intentional progression. But where do you start?

Deloitte can help you assess where your legal department is on the maturity scale with an in-depth analysis of your people, process, and technology. By centralizing and analyzing key data points, you’ll have insights on ways to develop a legal transformation strategy, prioritize opportunities for improvement, and foster adoption with key stakeholders and teams.

Our information-gathering, workshops, and analysis of your Legal Operations landscape can help you move your legal department along the maturity scale at a pace tailored to your needs. We will present you with insights to help you identify and analyze key operating areas, highlight opportunities for near-term return on investment, and discuss insights into areas of interest for legal strategic objectives.

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