Jim Gill, Hanzo: Enhance Your Legal Department’s Performance with Strategic Planning and Technology

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Extract from Jim Gill’s article “Enhance Your Legal Department’s Performance with Strategic Planning and Technology”

In-House Legal Departments, like any other business function, must be efficient and effective to deliver the best possible results. They must balance their workload, comply with regulatory requirements, and provide legal counsel to their organization in a cost-effective and streamlined manner. That’s where a Legal Operations professional can help, particularly by prioritizing strategic planning, technology, and information governance to ensure the department runs efficiently and provides the best value to the organization.

In part three of our five-part Legal Ops blog series, we’ll take a look at how strategic planning and technology can enhance your legal department’s performance.

Strategic Planning

For legal departments to be successful, it’s important to establish meaningful strategic goals. This requires shifting from a reactive, short-term mindset to a proactive, long-term approach. Teams should take a holistic view of their business planning, prioritizing corporate imperatives and aligning with the needs of business stakeholders. A shared strategic framework can foster teamwork and collaboration, and help team members see the bigger picture.


Innovation and automation through technology are crucial for legal teams. Many teams today still rely on point solutions that are often manual, time-consuming, and fragmented in their function. 

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