Title: Improving legal department process through technology: Lessons from the State of Corporate Law Departments report
Date: July 27th, 2021
Time: 11:00 am CT
Duration: 1 hour


The 2020 State of Corporate Law Departments (SCLD) report demonstrated that, during the unprecedented last year, the need and merit of embedding technology into your legal processes was more pronounced than ever. Legal department demand for external counsel fell by 2.5% in 2020, as many cases and deals stalled. More than 40% of law departments put in place dispute prevention measures as safeguarding the company quickly became top priority. On top of this, nearly 5 times as many law departments suffered budget cuts as saw budget increases.
The SCLD report also highlighted that utilizing technology and emerging from the pandemic in good shape went hand in hand, as legal departments were able to optimize their processes and find efficiencies. With many companies now operating – or moving towards – flexible working policies, it becomes crucial to understand how technology can ease this transition and further accelerate their change agenda. As legal departments look to the future, it is increasingly important that technology is a significant part of the journey to become more efficient and optimize their processes.

Key takeaways include:
  • Understanding how legal departments dealt with and emerged from the pandemic, and what lessons were learned.
  • Identifying what metrics your legal department can and should be measuring, and how doing so will help it become more efficient and effective.
  • How your legal department can strategically utilize the right technology for your individual needs.

Arran Braganza
Andrew Marsh
Legal Counsel and Director of Human Resource
Manifest Seven
Agustin Sanchez
Director, Business Development, Corporates
Thomson Reuters