Workflow and Productivity in the Legal Industry
How today's legal professionals are responding to the changing landscape

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The rise of the use of technology in the legal profession to achieve greater efficiencies and flexibility has been well documented.

Up until now, the focus has been on making law firms more efficient; streamlining everyday work processes into a single system to provide a secure working environment and transparency of business performance, satisfying the needs of the whole practice. And while leading software providers like LexisNexis continue to offer next generation enhancements to practice management software such as Affinity, there will be a much stronger focus on developing tools that will make individuals more productive, efficient and mobile.

Indeed, the 2014 LexisNexis Workflow & Productivity Survey found that the most popular efficiency initiatives adopted by law firms were the use of technology, knowledge management and staff training. In-house lawyers also relied heavily on technology followed by outsourcing to external lawyers and flexible work practices.

All lawyers, whether in a law firm or in-house, are presently up against enormous cost pressures. The survey tells us that for law firms, the pressure is coming mainly from clients pushing for a better deal as well as growing competition as legal work becomes more commoditised. In-house lawyers on the other hand, cite an increased workload and the pressure to justify their value as the main drivers for their efficiency efforts.

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