you are able to circumvent these limitations, remote working
should be on your list of priorities.
The ability to deploy people from anywhere also presents
an opportunity to re-deploy some work to lower cost parts of
the country. The South and the Midwest of the United States,
for example, are often cheaper areas to do business in than
Finally, collaboration tools can allow you to better manage
teams remotely across the globe, enabling you to virtually
bring a global team together, organizing them into networks
that solve problems around the clock.
There are plenty of other essential tools to consider, includ-
ing know-how, self-help, and best practice tools, as well as
efficiency and transparency technologies, such as contract
and matter management systems, e-billing solutions, and e-
signature tools. Of course, there are other, far sexier, emerg-
ing tools out there, including artificial intelligence-enabled
solutions. We will consider many of these another day, and
you can read about them in detail in my book Building an
Outstanding Legal Team, but the point is not to forget the
simple and the obvious.
Process optimisation and technology upgrades require changes in behavior. Often, there is a gap between the theoretical
value of technology and your team’s ability to leverage it.
That gap may exist because the people tasked with using
the new tool will resist it. You need to focus on managing
through that change, taking into account the emotions that
come with changes in process, priorities, and behavior.
This is a vast subject, and one I will take up as a separate
topic in a future column. Suffice to say that you overlook the
need to manage change at your peril.
In sum, when it comes to legal technology, Leonardo da Vinci
had it right: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ACC
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