Priori and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory White Paper: The Evolving Role Of Legal Operations For Small & Mid-Size Legal Departments

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By Caroline Hansen

Priori and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced the release of a new white paper, “The Evolving Role of Legal Operations for Small & Mid-Size Legal Departments.” The white paper, based on a survey from 176 in-house counsel, legal operations professionals and in-depth case studies, found that small to mid-size legal departments stand to benefit greatly from legal operations best practices. 

Following a collaborative survey by Priori and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., the white paper proposes a practical guide for small to mid-size in-house legal teams looking to implement legal operations functions. Drawing on survey respondents’ answers around legal department efficiency, priorities and pain points, the white paper indicates that when well- executed, a legal operations function can help legal departments become more efficient, strategic, and technology forward. The white paper also provides insights on the state of the market, including survey results and analysis regarding legal operations leaders who have worked in small and mid-size legal departments. 

“Wolters Kluwer is dedicated to providing legal professionals with the resources on best practices regarding operations,” said Brian Kudowitz, Corporate Legal Department Portfolio Director at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. and co-author of the white paper. “This resource will help guide small and mid-size departments both make a business case for a legal operations function, and also adopt best practices for implementing functions once approved.” 

“Small to medium-sized legal departments, particularly those at non-venture backed companies, have traditionally lagged behind in terms of adoption of legal operations best practices, despite the clear impact of a dedicated legal operations function on overall department efficiency,” said Basha Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder of Priori and co-author of the white paper. “Our focus is to equip these departments with the tools they need to perform their jobs more efficiently.”

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