Bloomberg Law
Dec. 10, 2020, 12:00 PM

Pandemic Pushes Corporate Law Department Upgrades, Study Finds

Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a transformation of corporate law departments, from technology use to staffing levels, said a survey released Thursday.

Nearly 75% of departments significantly or moderately increased adoption of legal technology compared to last year, according to an HBR Consulting analysis.

Nearly three-fourths had at least one legal operations employee—individuals often tasked with data analytics, financial matters, and outside counsel and vendor management—on staff, HBR found. That’s up from 62% in 2019.

Covid-19 could be the catalyst for the “legal department of the future,” said Lauren Chung, managing director at HBR.

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