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5 Ways to Put More Predictability Into Your Legal Budget

Are you frequently confronted by legal spend surprises? Is your finance team frustrated by the lack of…

What Makes Legal Spend Tougher to Manage Than Traditional Expenses?

Procuring legal services is an unpredictable task, a difficult one to effectively value compared to other more…

New Brightflag Feature: Reduce Manual Work With Automated Tax Compliance

Automated invoice review has been an essential step in our customers’ legal e-billing processes (along with the…

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Alternative Fee Arrangements Explained (Examples & Suggestions)

Hourly billing has been the dominant financial model for the legal profession for generations. But more and…

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3 Soft Skills You’ll Need With New E-Billing Software

Code alone cannot solve a process as sophisticated as e-billing (although our developers will continue trying). You'll…

How to (Responsibly) Replace Broken Legal Billing Software

Diagnosing broken legal billing software is easy.  You can hear it in the complaints from your law…

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Realistic Ways to Reduce Outside Counsel Spend

Cost control is the metric most companies analyze first when evaluating legal department performance. And since the…

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Rules to Remember When Enforcing Legal Billing Guidelines

Effective legal billing guidelines can fundamentally transform your law firm relationships. They have the power to push…

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Legal Spend Analytics: 3 Simple Reports With Serious Impact

From sticky notes to spreadsheet cells to automated algorithms, there’s a wide range of sophistication when it…

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(Checklist) Anatomy of an Effective Legal Billing Process

The end results of an effective legal billing process are easy to recognize: Fair prices, fast payments,…

Tracking Legal Spend: The Questions All Good Budget Reports Answer

When preparing legal budget reports, gathering every imaginable metric probably isn’t the most productive way to start.…

Optimizing Your Legal Invoice Review Process with A.I.

The legal invoice review process is part of the job description for corporate legal teams. Once outside…

Automate, Outsource, or Own?

Insights from Legal Leaders on Resourcing Legal Work

How to get Budget for a Dedicated Legal Operations System

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The Human Side of E-Billing

Technology doesn’t implement itself – it takes people to do it.

The Latest (and Greatest) Litigation Cost-Control Strategy

This is the second in a series of posts about litigation costs facing corporate legal departments. It…

Artificial Hype: Practical Applications of A.I. within the Legal Department

By now we have all heard the term “A.I.” or artificial intelligence many times over, whether reading…

US Litigation Trends for 2017

This is the first in a series posts from Brightflag on litigation costs for corporates. In it…

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…

Why Legal Departments Need Spend Management

Sleepless nights What keeps GCs up at night? One worry is the constant need to meet the…

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…

Smarter, Faster, Cheaper

“Law Firm Rates Are Way Too High”, declared a recent headline in Bloomberg Big Law Business. In…

How Data can Drive Law Firm Panel Management & Review

Three trends influencing law firm panels Challenges of legal panel management Informing data-driven panel reviews