Legal Department Structure

Legal Department Structure is a very important consideration for legal department leaders.  The right structure can provide a source of competitive advantage. The wrong structure can impede even the finest organizations.

LEGAL DEPARTMENT STRUCTURE

legal department structure

Legal Department Structure is critical.  The right structure can provide a source of competitive advantage. The wrong structure can impede even the strongest in-house legal organizations.

With more and more demands being placed on legal departments, it is imperative to get the big questions right.

LEGAL DEPARTMENT STRUCTURE: OverVIEW

Corporate law department structure should enhance the value of legal service delivered.  A well designed legal organization is usually the result of a thoughtful diagnostic assessment and complete strategic planning exercise for the law department. 

The core competency of the legal department is a central consideration for its design.  Many departments have multiple competencies to consider.  The legal value-added services for which the organization’s lawyers are most skilled (i.e., those activities reflect the attorneys’ strategic strengths) should receive appropriate emphasis in that structure.

Utilization of outside counsel is another broad strategic consideration to carefully assess when designing the legal department’s structure.  Outside counsel utilization models should be factored into the design methodology.

Additional key factors to review when designing a legal department structure include: corporate goals, legal department goals, roles and responsibilities, geography, talent development, and core legal and business processes.

LEGAL DEPARTMENT STRUCTURE: SOlutions

Argopoint has assisted leading legal departments with structure and design issues.  We perform a through assessment, frame issues and options, and provide actionable recommendations.  Our client's legal organizations are left strongly positioned to succeed in the future.