Letting Lawyers be Lawyers: Principles of Legal Value Optimization

Dermot Knight, Co-Founder, Navigate.legal, UK
Paul Daly, Co-Founder, Navigate.legal, UK

Many legal futurologists proclaim the coming of a dystopian world for lawyers. In this world, the rise of automation requires the fall of lawyers. We are more optimistic, and see the new world as a way to increase the value contribution of the legal role. There is more potential than ever to “Let lawyers be lawyers”, to focus on core legal tasks and avoid administrative drudgery. In-house legal departments will be the epicentre of this shift, as the place where the competing forces of business and legal converge. A pressing imperative to change the way legal services are delivered has been created by a ferocious increase in legal demand and the need to meet it in a complex risk environment (the legal forces) while finding ways to reduce cost at the same time (the business forces).

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United Kingdom Management Management August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017

Dermot Knight

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Dermot Knight is the Co-founder of Navigate.legal, having previously worked at the coalface of legal transformations at Accenture, PwC and DLA Piper. His front-line experiene inspired him to co-found Navigate.legal to deliver solutions to in-house counsel in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Paul Daly

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Co-author Paul Daly is the Co-founder of Navigate.legal. He is also a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge and an international thought leader on issues of administrative law and regulation. Co-author Dermot Knight is the Co-founder of Navigate.legal, having previously worked at the coalface of legal transformations at Accenture, PwC and DLA Piper. His front-line experience inspired him to co-found Navigate.legal to deliver solutions to in-house counsel in a cost-effective and timely manner.

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Navigate.legal is a legal analytics firm that helps in-house legal departments work more efficiently and effectively. https://vimeo.com/178178576

United Kingdom Management Management August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017