As pressure increases on in-house legal teams to reduce costs and embrace technology, engaging legal operations teams to assess the market can be a great way to allow in-house lawyers to focus on providing legal advice. But what happens if you don't have a legal operations colleague (let alone team) or anyone to turn to for support and advice.
You know that 'legal tech' exists but may not be fully sure what legal tech includes. You have heard from your peers that it can increase efficiencies, reduce costs and help them to demonstrate their valuable expertise to the business. But where to start? What even is AI and what is document automation?! Is a robot going to replace me? What options are out there that won't be expensive and painful to implement and are actually going to make a difference to my day to day life? How do I convince my teams and colleagues to use the tech I eventually might buy?
With so many questions it's easy to just carry on with the status quo and focus on your lengthy to-do list. But it doesn't have to be this way. The right legal technology supplier will support you by:
- building a long term relationship with you
- understanding your business challenges and priorities
- coaching you on solutions available in the market (which may not even be their own products!)
- tailoring solutions to fit your needs
- focusing on the on-boarding and engagement of your users to ensure you get the best return on investment
- not using jargon!
Below are some resources to get you started. Or you can just skip to calling a legal technology supplier who can start the journey with you.
Lawyers in a company have a responsibility to put the business first and new technology is helping this mission.