Countless millions of dollars have been spent on developing software applications to make the working lives of lawyers in law firms more efficient, less laborious and more mobile. But what about in-house lawyers? Who’s been developing software for them?

Software developers for law firms might have had the attitude: It’s not our core business; corporate IT bureaucracies are too difficult to deal with or software developed for law firms will be fine for them.

Some of these attitudes must have arisen from times when there were very few in-house lawyers compared to the numbers working in law firms.

Another common view is that in-house teams are just like a law firms except that they are located within the four walls of a corporation. As in-house teams have grown in size and become more ubiquitous, the specific and unique needs of in-house legal teams are coming into focus.

Yes, there is still a need for matter management, document management and the other basics but there are other important needs such as staff resourcing, outside counsel management, budgeting and secure collaboration – both internal and external.

In recent years we have seen the rise of a category of legal technology that addresses the specific needs of in-house legal. Australian and New Zealand based software companies are making their mark in this category. Some of the newer software companies involved:

Lawcadia

“Digital transformation for the legal department” 

  • Legal procurement
  • Legal project management
  • Legal spend management
  • Relationship management
  • Business process improvement
  • Strategic planning

Xakia Technologies

“Helping In-House Legal Departments Manage the Business of Law”

  • Matter management
  • Dashboards and reports
  • Expense management
  • Intake tool
  • Registers
  • Contract automation and checklist tools

LawVu

“A clearer view of legal operations”

  • Intake
  • Knowledge management
  • Matter management
  • Spend management
  • Contract management
  • Dashboards and reporting

Crowd & Co

“Build your own Digital Village”

  • “Imagine all your legal invoices analysed—per invoice, matter, law firm and business unit—at the push of a button. Imagine qualitative feedback from your team alongside the financial data. Imagine better conversations with your stakeholders, and better deals with your legal providers.”

LawAdvisor

“The Future of Legal Work”

  • Panel firm management
  • Smarter procurement
  • Work on any device. Anytime, anywhere.
  • Transparent matter & costs management

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