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Video Preview: Latest CounselLink Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report

6 Key Metrics

From the time the first edition was published in October of 2013, the CounselLink Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report was unique in its approach. Unlike industry studies based on surveys, the data for the Trends Report was derived from a detailed analysis of invoices processed through the CounselLink ELM solution. Instead of drawing its conclusions from what corporate law departments ... Read More »

Congratulations On Your New Legal Software! Now What?!

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You did the research. You compared the different options and features and made your choice. You even got the Purchase Order approved (finally). Now it’s time to move into the implementation phase. Set the stage for getting everyone affected by the change, from leadership to staff, working on the same page with these 9 tips for a successful software implementation. ... Read More »

A Blueprint for Legal Department Budgeting and Forecasting – Part 2: Best Practices

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In Part 1 of this 2-part series on legal department budgeting and forecasting, I discussed many reasons legal departments choose to implement matter budgets. I also identified six key benefits that result from implementing a formal matter budgeting process. This concluding installment explores proven best practices for ensuring the effectiveness of the budgeting and forecasting process. First Things First When ... Read More »

Corporate Law Departments Rank Financial Metrics Most Important

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A new LexisNexis CounselLink study conducted in partnership with the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), indicates corporate legal operations professionals rank financial metrics as most important to the legal department. Participants were asked to rate 15 key metrics on a scale of 1 to 10 based on their level of importance to the business. Each key metric outlined in the ... Read More »

The Value of KPIs in the Legal Department

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Most corporate legal professionals see the value in using data to improve performance; however, Hyperion Research data indicates less than one-third of corporate legal departments are actually using data-driven analytics. Yet 58% of the same survey respondents believe that company executives understand the risks and opportunities presented by their legal matters, and more than half feel confident that they understand ... Read More »

A Blueprint for Legal Department Budgeting and Forecasting – Part 1

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Are you accountable for tracking your legal department’s spend? Are you currently using matter budgets, but don’t feel that you have a good way to predict your organization’s future legal spend accurately? Or, is your legal department maybe one of the approximately 40 percent that don’t do any budgeting at all? If you fall into any one of these groups, ... Read More »

ABA Legal Tech Survey Finds Use of Predictive Coding Still Related to Size of Case

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The 2016 Legal Technology Survey Report, published by the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC), documents a common misconception in the legal industry that technology assisted review software tools are only useful in large cases. “There is a myth in our industry that predictive coding and other smart review tools are only useful and cost-effective in large-scale commercial ... Read More »

Relationships Matter! Understanding 8 Benefits of Relationship Intelligence

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When you want to win new business for your firm – relationships matter! In a recent conversation, a highly successful attorney mentioned that the business development opportunities that work best for him are predicated on relationships. This attorney finds that people who know and trust him tend to give him business. Every professional should seriously consider how he or she ... Read More »

Data Security Audits: Start with the Resources Under Your Roof

Data Security Audits

Perhaps no topic has attracted as much attention – and angst – in the legal profession this year than data security. One strategy that many corporate clients are employing to try to minimize their risk profile in working with outside law firms and their third-party information service providers is to require them to undergo intensive data security audits. Earlier this ... Read More »

The Key to Success in a Client’s Market, Know Your Firm’s Financials

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Note: The following is a digest version of the post we published last Wednesday, November 9. On the chance that a portion of our Business of Law Blog readers may have been distracted by the day’s election news, we’ve decided to provide a second opportunity to read this valuable information on law firm economics. Law firms ought to focus less ... Read More »