Reconstructing the Legal Department for Productivity
InfoPAKSM: Strategic Planning: Why a Plan Is Needed and How to Develop One
(Huron Consulting Group)
Work Distribution Plan and Work Transition Plan
A work distribution plan describes the strategy for assigning existing and future work and for
distribution among available internal and external resources. It can also specify how work will
be distributed among firms when more than one firm provides service. The structure of the
department’s outside counsel management program will influence the distribution to external
resources. An example of a work distribution plan follows.
Sample Work Distribution Plan
20% / 80%
70% / 30%
60% / 40%
25% / 75%
30% / 70%
External Work Distribution
80% / 20%
65% / 35%
To achieve the desired work distribution, it will be necessary to transfer work between internal
personnel, between internal and external resources, or from one external resource to another.
A transition plan will assist in the smooth migration of work. It can detail work to be transitioned,
the timeframe for transition, and information expected to be provided by the transitioning individual.