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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Strategy and Changing Behaviours - In-house legal teams

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In-house legal teams
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StandoutMondelēz International97824The Virtual Village is a customised sharing platform to facilitate communication, training and knowledge-sharing, which ensures lawyers are globally connected and not working in silos.
Highly CommendedAon78823In a rigorous and collaborative approach to redesigning processes with external law firms, the team conducts Lean Six Sigma training workshops with external counsel, learning skills to help them map time and billing processes together, resulting in significant cost reductions.
Highly CommendedBMO Financial88723Launched an annual law firm summit to align external and internal legal counsel with the customer experience and improve understanding of the business’s strategic objectives. The initiative has resulted in greater spend predictability, efficiency and consistency in advice.
Highly Commended3M78722Introducing several operational initiatives, including a dedicated patent docket, global automation processes and discovery management teams, has enabled the 3M legal team to continually deliver value to the company, despite its budget being flat for the past four years.
CommendedWalmart77721A new legal management dashboard built on Tableau data visualisation software has significantly improved the team’s ability to manage workflow. The dashboard has brought enhanced decision-making capabilities that are changing the way lawyers work and interact with the business.
CommendedBMO Financial68620Established an employee-led diversity council, the first for a corporate function at the bank, to ensure BMO’s recruitment policies include minorities and persons with disabilities, enhance gender equality and offer employees professional development opportunities.
CommendedBloomberg67720Transformed from a function where most work was outsourced to one involving a team of 170 professionals in seven jurisdictions. The team is capable of handling a majority of the company’s complex transactions and regulatory filings in-house.
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