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Smarter Legal Model, The
Smarter Legal Model, The
Practice Area:  Legal Systems
ISBN:  9781899461233
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  31 Jul 2013
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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The Smarter Legal Model is a unique toolbox of practical methodologies which have been successfully applied on a multi-million-dollar scale to:

  • Reduce legal costs
  • Increase the legal work covered without increasing cost or headcount, by maximising personal talent potential
  • Improve both compliance and client satisfaction at the same time
  • Replace the traditional law firm-client tension with a mutually profitable, “win:win” relationship.

The Smarter Legal Model has been applied by over 250 general counsel, legal departments and law firms around the World delivering consistent cost reductions of between 27-40% and up to a 60% reduction in litigation volume. In doing so it has established itself over the last decade as the definitive improvement process for legal services.

In 2006, the Tyco-Eversheds deal broke new ground using the Smarter Legal Model by converging the number of law firms used from 282 to just 1, pioneering legal work disaggregation and win:win alternative fee arrangements. The relationship celebrated its 10th anniversary having dramatically reduced costs and improved legal quality. In 2017, AvisBudget Inc. received multiple industry awards for the successful transformation of its in-house team and external legal panel using the Smarter Legal Model.

The Model will be of use to in-house lawyers, private practitioners and even professionals from non-legal disciplines as it applies world-class business and behavioural principles, such as 6 Sigma, zero-sum game theory and neuro-linguistic programming to the practice of law for the first time, with breakthrough results.

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About the author, Trevor Faure

Advising law firms, C-suite general counsel, Fortune 500 legal departments, compliance professionals and legal support services on: strategy, organisation, transformation, performance improvement, data analytics, compliance, supply chain, cost optimisation / reduction, risk management & regulation.

President, Global General Counsel Academy

General Counsel / Head of Legal Affairs at global multinationals since 1990:

  • Global Leader, Legal Services, EY Global - consulting and advisory support of General Counsel, legal departments, Chief Compliance Officers, law firms, legal operations and service providers
  • Global General Counsel, EY Global - responsibility for all aspects of legal management, compliance, litigation, advice and strategy
  • Tyco International, General Counsel - part of the post-Kozlowski turnaround team. Corporate governance rating improved from 2/10 to 10/10
  • Dell EMEA, Legal Director - Six Sigma qualification and “double duty” as interim HR Director
  • Apple EMEA, Senior European Counsel - served prior and during the turnaround of the Steve Jobs return.
  • Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Middle Temple. Called 1988. Law LLB (Hons.), Queen Mary & Westfield, London.
  • Member of "The Times" Law 100 Panel advisory body
  • Various awards including: In-House Community Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, “The Lawyer” In-House Counsel of the Year & Team of the Year, Legal Business Team of the Year & FT Innovative Lawyer commendation.
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