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Transforming the Legal Department

Patty Wise 06 / 16 / 20

General counsels are reimagining the future of their legal departments in the face of economic uncertainty. Get what you can do today to stay nimble during the downturn.

Economic uncertainty is requiring general counsels to reimagine the future of their legal departments


It may have taken a pandemic to get certain industries and governments to rethink “business as usual.” However, even before coronavirus sent shock waves through the global economy, the legal profession was proceeding with caution.

Given what we know now, one thing is clear: Legal departments everywhere must continue adapting to changing times.

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1Key takeaways from the white paper.

Innovative approaches to legal resourcing make even more business sense

Ways to stay nimble and on budget

Deploy the resources your legal team needs without jeopardizing budgets

New approaches to delivering seamless service to business stakeholders -- economic pressures notwithstanding

Transforming the Legal Department covers practical ways legal departments can ramp up and down quickly to right-size their resources during a downturn; ensuring business imperatives are met and budgets are never exceeded.

Stay nimble and on-budget, increase productivity, and boost workplace satisfaction with flexible legal talent. Get the guide to do it right by downloading this white paper.



of chief legal officers said they were expecting a recession in 2019

Proceeding with caution

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, legal teams were proceeding with caution, ramping down spend and right-sizing their in-house teams.

3Spending on the downswing

Spending on outside counsel and hiring of in-house lawyers both decreased in 2018 and 2019 - even before the pandemic hit.

About the author

Patty Wise
Patty Wise

Patty is an executive director at Legility, a leader in legal operations, where she provides executive oversight over the flexible legal talent business. Legility provides consulting, technology, managed solutions, and flexible legal talent engagement services to corporations and law firms. The company has more than 1,000 lawyers, engineers, consultants, technology and data specialists, and operational experts serving one-third of the Fortune 100 and one-quarter of the Am Law 200. Founded in 2000, Legility works with corporate legal departments and law firms to improve operational efficiency.

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