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Is your legal firm adapting for tighter budgeting this year?

Political and economic uncertainty can significantly reduce clients' appetite for transactional work. Periods of uncertainty can create a challenging environment as clients become more risk-averse and delay decision-making. Law firms that rely on transactional work may need to adjust their strategies and offerings to better serve clients during turbulent times. Stricter budgeting and cost-cutting is often the solution for legal firms looking to stay ahead.

Is your legal firm adapting for tighter budgeting this year

But on already tight budgets, how is it possible to cut costs further? Is your firm really doing all it can, or are there gaps that could be tightened up, perhaps even providing long term savings?

The first step is self evaluation. And this is only possible with good data capturing and effective analysis. 

How can legal firms identify inefficiencies in their processes?

Here are a few ways your firm can look inwardly, and check that it is doing all it can to identify areas that could use improvement.

  • Collect and analyze data: To get a better understanding of the process, it's important to collect data on how long each step takes, how many resources are used, are there resources that are in fact not being used and have become redundant, how often do errors occur. With the right data in hand, and the best analytics tools, firms can pinpoint areas of their processes that most need improvement, and cutting back.

  • Solicit feedback: It's also important to solicit feedback from staff who are involved in these processes. They may have insights into areas that could be improved, such as steps that are confusing, time consuming or unnecessary.

  • Implement effective change & test improvements: Implement tools and strategies for improved processes, and streamlined workflows. Test, by regathering data, and conduct new analysis to map improvements, and calculate cost benefits.

Not only do these improvements serve to streamline workflows and create better efficiency, ultimately cutting costs, and reducing overspend, but better client satisfaction becomes a by-product too.

Are you confident that your firms current processes are providing the best value?

Law firms that focus on providing value, being proactive, and building strong relationships with clients can better serve clients during times of uncertainty. By being flexible and leveraging up-and-coming technology, law firms can adapt to changing economic environments and provide the personalized service that clients expect.


“Where can we save money on unfulfilled, underused or duplicated resources?”

ResearchMonitor software users are zealous about the acquisition of TRG Screen’s latest release, Optimize Insights as it translates data from across a legal firm’s subscription products into actionable insights. With Optimize Insights, firms are now able to get a comprehensive understanding of their entire library of resources in a visual analytics dashboard - real-time and personalized!

Management teams are constantly asking the question, “Where can we save money on unfulfilled, underused or duplicated resources?” By bringing together all subscription usage and spend information into a single analytics platform, firms are able to gain full transparency and allow for smarter, data backed decision making to optimize workflows.


5 ways legal firms can adapt to meet the demand for cost cutting

What five ways can your legal firm adjust business practices to better meet the demand for cost cutting in 2023?

  • Be open to adopting new technologies: Legal firms can automate processes using technology if they're open to stepping up their workflows with new tools available on the market. Reducing the laborious task of manual processes can significantly save time and money by freeing up skilled staff for more valuable tasks.

  • Outsource non-core functions: Legal firms can outsource some non-core functions to specialized firms that can provide these services more efficiently and at lower costs. This can help reduce overhead costs and allow the firm to focus on more strategic activity.

  • Reduce office space: Legal firms can consider downsizing physical office space or moving to a more cost-effective location. This strategy proved an effective cost-cutting method during the pandemic, and still rings true for many firms. Reducing the cost of rent and utilities, as well as other associated costs such as cleaning and maintenance can help budgets.

  • Implement flexible work arrangements: In line with the above bullet point, legal firms can extend this strategy by offering flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting and more flexible work hours, reducing expensive office spaces, retaining staff who may still prefer to work from home.

  • Streamline processes & workflows: Ultimately, having the best data and analytics on hand helps legal firms identify inefficiencies in their processes and streamline workflows to have the biggest impact on cost reduction. Transparency on subscription usage and spend, better enquiry tracking and management, time-tracking to improve billing accuracy and reduce the risk of lost billable hours are all examples of software legal firms should have at their fingertips to meet the ever increasing demand for efficient and cost effective business and a common trend for the year ahead.

Did you know? This blog is part of a series of blogs. Read more: 4 key themes in the Legal sector for 2023: How well placed is your firm?

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