Some additional considerations are as follows:
Questions to Consider
Using these broad principles, the department can determine what work should be performed in-house
and externally. From there, the next determination is the level at which the work should be performed.
Allocate Internal Resources
Two primary strategies can make a significant difference in internal resource alignment: (1) consolidating
work as appropriate, and ( 2) ensuring the work is prioritized and leveraged to the correct resource level.
When work is consolidated to fewer resources and leveraged appropriately, the law department may
generate additional capacity among its internal resources or, if necessary, consider headcount reductions.
The illustration below demonstrates this principle. In the example on the left, work previously spread
among four different people, each spending a portion of their time on it, may be consolidated to two
dedicated individuals, resulting in increased efficiency and elimination of redundancy. In the right
example, work previously shared among three lawyers is prioritized such that some routine work is now
shifted to a paralegal.
Consider the following when assessing internal resources:
• Culture of the company and department
• Existing business issues
• Work currently performed by the internal legal team
• Skills required for the work
• Estimated hours required to execute specific work
• Future variability of the need
• Current roles and responsibilities of the internal team
• Use of outside counsel
• Use of other vendors
• Use of technology