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Corporate legal departments in Europe, as elsewhere globally, are focusing on advancing legal operations – optimising how people, processes and technology are deployed to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of legal services. Many general counsel are now delegating responsibility for legal operations to a deputy GC or establishing a dedicated legal operations function that may or may not be led by a lawyer.

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has partnered with Consilio, and is hosting a bi-monthly series of virtual roundtables that focus on how different legal operations functions are managed in European companies, drawing on the ACC Legal Operations Maturity Model framework.

Hans Albers, President of ACC Europe and Chief of Staff & Head of World Wide Legal Operations at Juniper Networks based in Amsterdam, takes 90 seconds to talk through what is driving the remarkable rise of legal operations and what ACC is doing to support it in Europe.

Produced in collaboration with Crafty Counsel

Mark your calendar

The first European ACC Legal Operations Conference on "Accelerate Innovation" will take place on 15 October in Frankfurt/Main. Registration will open in June.

Upcoming Virtual Roundtables

9 July: The Art of Change Management and Driving User Adoption
10 September: Digital Transformation and Technology Planning
5 November: 2019 Legal Operations Lessons Learnt

 

Past Virtual Roundtables

7 May: Improving Efficacy & Efficiency in the Legal Department

Panelists Ben Eason (Barclays), David Griffin (BT), Emma Jackson (Visa), and Leonie van Gulik (PVH Europe), shared how they set legal department goals that align with company objectives, prioritise initiatives, allocate resources and define metrics to assess progress.

12 March: Advancing and Formalising Legal Operations

Panelists Vince Cordo (Shell), Hans Albers (Juniper Networks), Helen Fletcher (BNP Paribas) and Thierry Perrouault (Orange) discussed the journey of establishing and advancing a legal operations function, and compared notes on the scope, structure, composition and roles of dedicated legal operations functions.

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