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Offering Simple, Practical Information For Legal Departments

Forecasting Legal Operations in 2021

October 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
It’s Q4 2020 – time for budgets, planning, and predictions for the year ahead. When it comes to legal operations, we can share a forecast based on data.
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What’s the Real State of Legal Operations – and What Does It Mean for You?

September 21, 2020 Jodie Baker
Xakia shares the results of the Legal Operations Health Check, the most practical look yet at how Legal Departments across the spectrum of size, industry and geography are evolving their Legal Department tools, policies and procedures.
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Movember Case Study

August 5, 2020 Jodie Baker
The Movember Foundation chose Xakia to coordinate communication among lawyers on three continents and its seasonal secondees.
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Batelco Case Study

June 25, 2020 Jodie Baker
Batelco selected Xakia to deliver reliable matter intake – and now uses the software to make data-driven performance goals.
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Automate Your LegalOps To-Do List

June 1, 2020 Jodie Baker
Most helpful, the Legal Operations Health Check will recommend straightforward tactics to help you become more effective and efficient – a plan to thrive during and after the coronavirus.
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Survive or Thrive? What Visibility Can Mean for Your Team Right Now

May 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
This blog series has focused on Agile, a way of working that’s being used by more than 70 percent of our business colleagues, according to the Project Management Institute, and an increasingly popular matter management system for in-house teams.
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Agile for Legal Departments: System for Stress Relief

April 22, 2020 Jodie Baker
As a practice management system Agile offers Legal Departments collaboration, expedience and communication. Learn how it can work for in-house law.
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Are You Ready for a New Way to Work? Three Critical Questions

March 30, 2020 Jodie Baker
Could an Agile system help with legal operations and management of remote legal departments? Three questions in-house legal departments should answer.
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Take Your Legal Department Remote Tomorrow

March 16, 2020 Jodie Baker
The five things you need to do now to prepare your in-house legal team for a quick transition to a virtual Legal Department.
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Syneos Health Case Study

February 24, 2020 Jodie Baker
Megan Isaacson, Legal Operations Manager at Syneos Health, needed a saner approach to Legal Intake & Triage.
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Intake & Triage, Part 3: Use Knowledge Management to Save Time and Stress

January 15, 2020 Jodie Baker
his series explores the ins and outs of Legal Intake & Triage – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale.
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Intake & Triage, Part 2: Keeping Your Business Clients Happy

December 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Your Legal Intake & Triage framework can borrow a few best practices from the school of queue management – the study of how humans behave in line for a bank teller, an airline check-in counter or….a roller coaster.
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Why Intake & Triage Matters for Corporate Legal Departments

November 12, 2019 Jodie Baker
It may not be the stuff of compelling legal thrillers, but Intake truly is a paramount concern for Legal Departments: Done wrong, it can lead to fumbled projects, duplicated efforts and/or an overwhelming pipeline. Done right, it can set up each matter for success. In our new series, we will address the ins and outs of Intake – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale.
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Coca-cola Amatil Case Study

October 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In the final installment, we will look at the Legal Department itself.
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Part 4: Build a Stronger Legal Department with Smart Reports

September 11, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In the final installment, we will look at the Legal Department itself.
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Part 3: Make the GC Happy - Three Keys to Smart Legal Department Reports

August 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In this installment, we’ll cover your organization’s top leaders: the CEO and board.
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CompareCamp award for Xakia!

August 6, 2019 Jodie Baker
Xakia Receives Great User Experience Award for Legal Case Management Category from Reputable SaaS Review Platform
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Reporting for Legal Department Stakeholders, Part 2: CEO and Board

July 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? In this installment, we’ll cover your organization’s top leaders: the CEO and board.
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Six Mistakes You Can Avoid with Business Unit Reporting

June 18, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science of reporting by audience. In short, who needs to know what? First up: your business unit clients.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 4) -Why

May 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
The fundamentals of legal data analytics are universal, and data collection can be simple and relatively painless. “The why.”
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'In-House Legal Data Analytics for Beginners' eBook

April 25, 2019 Jodie Baker
We’re here to help: The Xakia team has created a field guide to make legal data analytics accessible for Legal Departments of all sizes and lawyer of all backgrounds. Download our free e-book, In-House Legal Data Analytics for Beginners, and get started today.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 3) -When

April 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
The fundamentals of legal data analytics are universal, and data collection can be simple and relatively painless. “The when.” There are two key timing elements for Legal Departments: turnaround time and working time.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 2) -What

March 14, 2019 Jodie Baker
The fundamentals of legal data analytics are universal, and data collection can be simple and relatively painless. The what - calls to your Legal Department’s output: What exactly do you do around here? A smart collection and classification of your legal work will help you identify opportunities for improvement.
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Legal Dept. optimisation ... in seconds

February 27, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments are so often buried in work that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pause and contemplate strategic projects. However, without a strategic plan, your Legal Department will be trapped under 'busywork' and unable to accomplish meaningful improvements or demonstrate value.
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In-House Legal Data Analytics - Who

February 21, 2019 Jodie Baker
Understanding the four basic competent of legal data analytics can drive efficiency and results. The first component is the who behind the numbers.
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Video: Build your Legal Department Strategy in 1 hour on 1 page

February 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments are so often buried in work that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pause and contemplate strategic projects. However, without a strategic plan, your Legal Department will be trapped under 'busywork' and unable to accomplish meaningful improvements or demonstrate value.
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Guest Post: How General Counsel Can Be Strategic Business Partners

January 29, 2019 Ian Nolan, Brightflag CEO
As a recent general counsel and chief legal officer for Toll Group, Adam Martin understands the evolving role of corporate legal counsel. He was a senior legal leader for the global transportation and logistics company for almost 20 years
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Flying Blind? Half of Legal Departments Work Without a Strategic Plan

January 9, 2019 Jodie Baker
Nearly half of corporate Legal Departments are working without a formal plan, according to Xakia’s Legal Operations Health Check. This survey polled in-house lawyers and legal operations personnel on five continents; it provides valuable insights on the state of strategic planning within legal operations, providing data on alignment, metrics and more.
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Three Steps to Executing Your Legal Department Strategy

December 17, 2018 Jodie Baker
Two-thirds to three-quarters of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies. Are you ready to start 2019 with some strategic direction? Download Xakia’s ready-to-use Legal Department Strategic Plan Template today.
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Tighter Hiring Leaves Legal Departments Seeking Revolutionary Solutions

December 10, 2018 Mitch Clarke
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Legal Department Strategic Plans: Maximum Impact, Minimal Navel-Gazing

December 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
Why should Legal Departments make strategic plans? According to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Legal Operations Maturity Model Toolkit, there are five primary reasons to engage in strategic planning.
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Data-Driven: Kansas City Area Transit Authority

December 3, 2018 Mitch Clarke
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Legal Depts: Show Me the Money!

November 14, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Make the Most of a Small Legal Budget

October 24, 2018 Jodie Baker
More money, more problems? For small Legal Departments, the opposite may be true: While their budgets may have fewer zeroes than their larger counterparts, the pressure to deliver with fewer people and fewer resources is huge.
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Vexed by Budget Uncertainty? When – and How – to Use Fixed Fees

October 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
As consumers of legal services know, when the outside counsel spend is governed by hourly billing, it’s inherently hard to predict, as it can vary with the phase of a project, the demands of the other side, even the habits and styles of the lawyers involved.
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Guest Post: Three Elements Critical for Managing External Spend

September 26, 2018 Nathan Wenzel, SimpleLegal CEO
The unpredictability of legal activity has been the top reason in-house teams struggle to accurately predict legal spend. But, this is changing, especially with the rise of legal operations. Legal teams can no longer operate as a black box, spending with impunity. They must be more quantitative. They must take a disciplined and strategic approach to spend management so they are armed with the necessary data to enforce real change.
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The Data-Driven Legal Budget

September 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
Starting the budget process with a strategic look at both your external spend and your internal workload will result in a better financial picture.
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Webinar: Select and Implement the Right LegalTech for Your Team

September 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Are you planning to build LegalTech infrastructure for your department? Watch a recorded webinar with Sean Power, General Counsel of BlueScope North America, and Mishca Waliczek, Senior Legal Counsel of BlueScope Buildings North America, who shared their department’s approach to technology.
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White Paper: LegalTech Roadmap

September 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Our white paper will show you how to write a legal technology business case that doesn’t simply ask for “more lawyers,” but considers the processes and systems to streamline delivery and increase accuracy. We have also included a template to get your legal technology roadmap started.
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Budget Benchmarks: Where do you Stand?

August 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Budget season approaches – and soon it will be time to turn your attention from the law to the ledger. More than 70 percent of companies have a December 31 year-end; for this majority, the next few months are a critical time to request and allocate resources for the year ahead.
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Measuring Legal Tech ROI

August 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
On its face, ROI seems pretty straightforward – a basic math equation that determines the ratio between an investment’s profit and its cost. But with legal technology, this can get a little nebulous: Your department deals in time, not in widgets.
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LegalTech by the Numbers: In-House Lawyers Share Wants, Needs and Pain Points

July 31, 2018 Jodie Baker
Since Xakia launched the Legal Operations Health Check, in-house counsel on five continents have completed the online assessment. Two months later, their responses provide a quantitative look at the real state of legal operations in departments of all sizes.
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Success Factors for Implementing LegalTech

July 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
The best legal technology can be doomed to fail without a purposeful plan for the human beings who will use it. Here are tips for securing leadership support, fostering user involvement….and overcoming your lawyers’ skepticism.
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Legal Tech & Small Departments

June 27, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legaltech isn’t just for large law departments. Learn how three small legal teams deployed technology to find efficiency and time savings.
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Make your CIO Happy

June 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
As you explore legal tech solutions, it’s imperative to get buy-in from your IT department. You are more likely to succeed if you understand the IT team’s concerns and go in prepared. We provide 10 questions to get you started.
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LegalTech - information security checklist

June 13, 2018 Brett Graves
Legal Departments are acutely aware of the importance of protecting company information. Ensuring legal technology tools meet appropriate information security standards is critical to any procurement decision, and this checklist will help you to move through the Q&A stage as quickly as possible.
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Faster Horses

May 30, 2018 Anne Post
Legal departments face a messy and mutating maze of regulations and a bigger workload. As the work expands, three options emerge: Hire more lawyers, spend more on outside lawyers, or find new ways of doing things.
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Deliver Conference ROI in Four Steps

May 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
Four practical tips for Legal Departments to make the most of the lessons and expertise delivered at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s 2018 Conference
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Workflow Management: Critical Issues

April 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Our findings from the Legal Operations Health Check, including trends and benchmarking data.
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Legal Operations: Take the Health Check

April 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
Interested in legal operations but not sure where to start? Our Legal Operations Health Check will give you recommendations in 30 minutes.
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Webinar: The Art of In-House Legal Reports

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Who should receive them? What to include? How do they help your team?
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Advancing Strategy or Fighting Fires?

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
How do we ensure that in-house counsel are engaged in strategy instead of inundated by legal whack-a-mole? Legal operations provides a surprisingly straightforward solution: Track your activity, measure its strategic value, and make smart, data-driven change.
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Legal Ops for Small Legal Depts

March 19, 2018 Jodie Baker
Regardless of size, all in-house teams want to provide the best legal services to their organizations in the most efficient and effective manner. That's the basic objective behind legal operations, and you don't have to be in a monolithic corporation to get there.
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Q1 nearly over:  where is your legal budget?

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
A recent survey by the ACC asked in-house lawyers a simple question: Is your department spend within budget? 37 percent said no.
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Corporate Legal Operations White Paper

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
This white paper is suitable for companies of any size to guide the beginnings for implementing successful corporate legal operations initiatives in four simple steps.
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What CEOs Want from Legal Departments

February 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Whether you are among the 61% of U.S. law departments that report directly to the CEO or whether your relationship is more dotted-line, it’s important to know what executives and boards value most – and how you can leverage legal operations to bolster your most important work relationships.
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Data Driven Efficiency for In-house Legal

February 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
True Stories of In-house Legal Data Driven Efficiency
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Easy, high impact change for 2018

January 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
How do you quickly and easily change the way your corporate legal team operates for a more effective (and less stressful!) 2018?
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GC Checklist: who is on the bus?

November 13, 2017 Jodie Baker
Download this checklist and set of interview questions for in-house lawyer recruitment
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Aussie Legal Tech - Xakia at ACC

November 8, 2017 Jodie Baker
What is it like when legal tech innovators become sponsors? It turns out that being Australian in the U.S. is definitely an advantage.
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Corporate Legal Dept - ready to disrupt

May 9, 2017 Jodie Baker
Corporate Legal Operations teams are in the box seat to disrupt the legal market - or may be at risk of disruption
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How do legal teams define value?

March 2, 2017 Jodie Baker
Is the value added by a legal team defined by cost savings, value of matters worked on and risk avoided, or by the achievement of an organisation's strategic goals?
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Legal Team Data. Yawn? Too Hard?

January 9, 2017 Jodie Baker
Collecting legal team data has never been easier. Jodie Baker looks at how it can be done with 4 easy steps.
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Getting Started on Xakia Matters

December 6, 2016 Jodie Baker
Getting started on Xakia Matters
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Xakia does matter! ACC NatCon 2016

November 21, 2016 Jodie Baker
Australian ACC National Conference 2016 theme: legal teams seeking ways to understand their own legal function.
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Corporate Legal Data: Work Types

November 12, 2016 Jodie Baker
By capturing just 1 or 2 data points on work categories, corporate legal data can help achieve collaborative productivity.
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Matter Management: Corporate Legal Teams

November 11, 2016 Jodie Baker
Matter Management - Corporate Legal Teams
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