In-house lawyers list their biggest challenges

By Emma Ryan|09 October 2018

New research has identified the obstacles in-house legal professionals are facing within their corporate environment.

Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with Thomson Reuters Legal Australia, has released a new report – In-House Legal Tech Report – which has investigated the technology trends within in-house legal departments. The In-House Legal Tech Report also provided pivotal insights into the challenges faced by in-house lawyers.

According to the report, in-house legal professionals rank their biggest challenge as having what they describe as an increased workload over the past 12 months.

The second biggest challenge was identified as having difficulty responding to legal queries due to the volume and spontaneity of requests, while the third biggest challenge was cited as having difficulty in responding to problems outside of their area of expertise.

Respondents to the report also said a challenge was that their legal department “cannot generate analysis and reports to inform strategic decision making”, while others said they cannot respond to legal queries quickly “due to the lack of quality and availability of precedents”.

The report also found whether in-house lawyers believe they have the technology to do their jobs.

Only one-third of this surveyed believe they have suitable access to the legal technology required to do their job, and said they use it frequently.

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Thirty per cent stated they have access to legal technology, but use it in a limited capacity, while 38 pr cent said they do not have access to legal technology at all.

Other findings from the In-House Legal Tech Report were discussed in a recent episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show: Talking technology for in-house legal departments. Click here to listen to the podcast. 

In-house lawyers list their biggest challenges
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