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Legal department functions and workflow  

Legal department functions and workflow

How to improve legal department productivity
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How to improve legal department productivity  with VIP Task Manager Professional

Law department is responsible for providing legal services and advice to the company, its divisions and employees. The department office faces a great number of different legal matters. These matters include: business development, contract management, real estate transactions, customer claims against the company for product damages and defects, litigation, employment law, sales and leases matters, debt collection, bankruptcy, case prosecution, and much more. All these activities create the workflow of Legal department. If to look at the workflow in whole, the following main functions of the legal department can seen:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance
  • Prosecution of cases in courts and litigation management
  • Documentation preparation and drafting

Let's briefly consider each of these functions.

1. Providing legal advice and guidance
This is a core function of Legal department. During the company's everyday life, there are a lot of legal issues which require qualified advice from Lawyers and Legal Advisors. This is about giving advice for resolving such issues as sales, purchasing, customer support, partnership, licensing, and other. The implementation of the function is based on the following activities the department concerns:

  • Giving advice to the company, its divisions and employees on matters of law and legal protection
  • Keeping company activities in strict compliance with new legislation
  • Representing company in all meetings, conferences and public events

For example, with help of CentriQS business management software legal staff can use the Tasks view to plan their activities and create todo lists. they can also use the Scheduler panel to schedule their tasks and appointments.

2. Prosecution of cases in courts and litigation management
Legal department represents and defends the company interests and its employees in courts and government bodies. The department initiates litigation in case of court examinations, and the legal staff members are responsible for creating and enforcing ordinances and gathering existing claims in favor of the company. This function is fulfilled by the following activities:

  • Preparation of protocols, claims and counter-claims to courts
  • Representation of company in courts
  • Protection of company's rights and interests in judicial sittings

CentriQS business management software allows to create a custom entity view, for example the Customers view to add customers to the database so that legal agency personnel will track heir customers.

3. Documentation preparation and drafting
This function concerns legal part of document management. Law department is responsible for drafting documents in forms which do not contradict or infringe existing legislation, both local and international (if company conducts oversees activities). The fulfillment of this function is based upon the following activities:

  • Creation of legal documentation requirements
  • Drafting and approving document layouts
  • Complying documentation with existing local/international agreements and legislation

CentriQS lets keep all legal documents and tasks in the same database allowing the personnel to easily find required file in a few clicks. There is the Files view to upload files in the database and to add links to files stored on local/network drives.

Software for Legal department workflow management
Reducing the downtimes and optimizing the workload for operations in Law department require attention to the workflow management. Law department has a dynamic workflow which induces the legal staff to performing tasks on time and managers to making right decisions. Task allocation and supervision within the legal workflow can be effectively managed by using CentriQS.

This legal department software offers task management solution with possibility to create and customize multiple workflow types. For example, in Configurator, the department head can create such workflow types as 'Legal advice workflow', 'Litigation workflow', 'Document management workflow'. These workflows types correspond to the main functions of Legal department. The manager can use Configurator to add specific task statuses, so that each workflow type will be better organized.

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