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  • Legal invoice review: How to do it effectively
    This is the second of a two-part Brightflag series on legal billing guidelines and invoice review, find Part One on creating effective billing guidelines here. In the overall process of managing outside counsel spend, reviewing invoices is the final step in a larger process. You will have likely gone through a selection process of some kind, […]
  • Creating Effective Billing Guidelines
    For any legal department, a clear and concise set of billing guidelines is one of the most effective ways to ensure you get the most from your relationships with outside counsel. Great relationships with counsel are based on clear expectations being set – and guidelines are a quick and easy way to move towards this […]
  • AI and the Law: Hype vs Reality
    In a previous blog I spoke about the likelihood of a future that included ‘robot lawyers’. Has it arrived already? According to this recent article about ‘robot judges’ we are already living in the future. Of course, the headline is deliberately provocative – in reality the technology is not really a robot judge, but a prediction […]
  • Why legal departments need spend management
    Sleepless nights What keeps GCs up at night?  One worry is the constant need to meet the demand for legal services from their business colleagues with limited resources. Smaller legal departments feel this even more acutely.  They have fewer resources at their disposal and yet are expected to meet the needs of the business all […]
  • What legal departments can learn from their business colleagues
    To meet this challenge, legal departments must focus on process improvements and metrics to track progress in the same way other business functions do. This strategy has already been adopted by many larger legal departments, who have seen great success in developing ‘legal operations’ functions to accomplish these goals. In a smaller department, however, the […]
  • Robot Lawyers? The Future of AI and Automation in Law
    Reading some recent media headlines, you would think so. Last year in Dublin, a conference warned that lawyers must ‘cut fees or face a future led by robots’. In fact, headlines have been predicting this onslaught of the machines ever since IBM’s Watson (a question-answering supercomputer) beat two human Jeopardy! champions on the US gameshow […]
  • Smarter, Faster, Cheaper
    “Law Firm Rates Are Way Too High”, declared a recent headline in Bloomberg Big Law Business. In an interview, Susie Lees, the General Counsel of US insurance giant Allstate, reveals her ‘pet peeve’: astronomical legal bills charged at inflexible hourly rates. Worse still she says, these bills increase annually. The demand for affordable legal services […]