Resourcing and skills development
Creating an engaged, people-focused legal department
This core element of legal operations focuses on creating a people-focused legal function through data-led, effective and fair resourcing. Salaries are likely to be one of the largest line items on your budget (along with external law firms), so it is important to adopt a strategic approach to how your structure and resource your department; leveraging the skills you already have within your team, identifying gaps and developing appropriate professional development plans to ensure your team possesses the skills needed, both now and in the future to support the work required of the legal function.
This will enable you to:
- Ensure the right work is performed by the right people by matching the task to the appropriate skills, profile and level of seniority;
- Create appropriate professional development plans;
- Develop and implement a successful recruitment strategy and retain talent;
- Structure your legal department to meet the needs of your business; and
- Ensure your team is equipped to adapt and keep pace with new ways of working and innovation in the industry.
If you are interested in resourcing and skills development, you may also want to consider our demand management and work allocation services, which go hand in hand with this element.
How you can benefit from NRF’s support
The Challenge / Opportunity
Strategic & advisory
By reviewing or developing your department’s resourcing strategy we can help you attract and retain the right talent and ensure your team is positioned to support your organisation’s strategic objectives and meet the demand for legal services.
Project / Process design & delivery
Using our proprietary Skills Mapping Tool and skills taxonomy tailored to your needs, we can assess your team’s core, technical and cognitive skills to help you understand their competencies, identify risks and opportunities, and inform your organisational design and work allocation decisions.
We can help you create the optimal organisational structure to support your wider business strategy and inform your recruitment, skills development and work allocation.
Technology selection and implementation
Resource management tool selection and implementation
Helping you to select, pilot and implement the right tools to manage your legal resources, for example skills mapping or productivity management tools.
Ensure the right work is performed by the right people and for the right price
Understand and leverage the skills available in your team
Ensure your department’s organisational design supports your organisation’s strategic objectives
How we are helping our clients
Designing a global bank’s legal technology strategy
A legal technology strategy to align and effectively support the wider legal team
Designing a legal function of the future
Step 1: Understanding and addressing the demand on the legal function.
Latest news and insights
Legal Operations Roundtable Series #9 Legal Work Streams
Stéphanie Hamon, Head of Legal Operations Consulting, is hosting her next roundtable on 21st October.
GCs and in-house teams often ask the question, ‘How do I evidence my legal department’s value to the business and not be seen purely as a cost center?’ Many also tell us that they ha...