These are more recent examples of how we are helping clients.

​Client Challenge

​Melbourne's leading suburban railway network were under resourced and needed a senior commercial lawyer with experience in transport, infrastructure or the industrial sector within hours. Understanding our level of flexibility and guarantee of legal talent quickly, they decided our legal support was the solution.

lexvoco Solution

​lexvoco kicked into gear and searched high and low for the right lawyer with the right experience. We worked our magic and through our large legal network found the perfect fit - senior commercial lawyer Irina. Irina had infrastructure experience and was up for the challenge - and our client agreed that she would be the perfect legal counsel for the job. Irina started in our clients office that same afternoon.

Outcome and Feedback

​Irina slotted into our clients team seamlessly, providing excellent legal services for the company. Our client was very impressed with how quickly we pulled it all together but more importantly how perfectly aligned Irina was for the role. We don't just offer up any legal counsel to our clients. They must be the right person with the right skill set, no matter how short the time-frame is from our clients.

We're regularly asked to help organisations cut total legal spend and/or get more return from their existing TLS. The first place to start is what legal work is required and why - now and in the future. Then we look at the make or buy equation.  

This week we started another project for one of Australia's largest financial services' legal teams to help them figure out a solution to this problem. But, the problem is not coming up with solutions - that's pretty easy we think; with some good Q&A, digging, analysis and coaching. The hard part for legal teams is figuring out practical ways to implement the solutions to the core problem, when they don't have any spare time and no one knows what they don't know.  

We think we should be able to save them ~20% in TLS and none of the solutions involves working harder and longer hours by the in-house team. 

If you want us to do an initial diagnostic meeting for your team, give us a bell on +613 9251 9911. 

our client

We are pleased to be consulting to one of Australia's largest government departments to help them continuously improve.  


THEir challenges are common 

  • Frozen head-count across the organisation but there's heaps of work and the team are frustrated by working so much.
  • The business clients are equally under pressure to drive growth, savings and key projects.  They put more pressure on legal to work faster but not outsource when costs will increase and externals don't know the business context as well.  
  • There's a lack of systems, process and consistent approach to what, when, who, how, why and at what cost legals are completed.
  • Legal has tried their best to fix the issues but they are flat out and don't have time, and everybody only knows what they know.  

OUR TEAM 

Nat Parbhu (lawyer and consultant; ex Diageo and BP), Mim Rihani (lawyer and consultant; ex Macquarie Bank, Insurance Group of America and Allianz), and Ashley Spencer (ex Goldman Sachs Director and GC) delivered this project.  


KEY SOLUTIONS & OUTCOMES 

  • The common legal work flows were fully mapped, automated and tracked to ensure consistency and to meet new SLAs.
  • Tools and AI developed to enable the key clients to complete legals themselves with guardrails and advice embedded into the system consistent with the importance and risk matrix already in use by the business units. 
  • Re-visiting existing DMS/MMS and other enterprise wide systems to ensure full functionality understood and used by legal. 
  • New structure and division of roles and responsibilities between internal team and external counsel. 
  • Creation and implementation of new data system to track KPIs and measure for continuous improvement. 
  • It's projected that the legal team will be able to maintain head count and legal spend, despite the work volume increasing in line with business growth and change, and the relevant changing legal landscape.   

the problem 

We were asked by a leading global building materials business to recommend:

  • whether a key Division should have an in-house lawyer or continue to outsource; 
  • if their legal claims management process could be improved (why and how); and 
  • whether the legal / client interface and structure was best practice. 

our team, the solutions & outcomes 

lexvoco's Mim Rihani and Anthony Wright delivered this project.  Applying various "make or buy" management consulting tools and analysis, Lean Six Sigma, and conducting a day long workshop with 10 key staff, indicated that: 

  • an in-house counsel would not have provided better value than a diverse expert panel at market rates with SLAs; and
  • numerous process flows could be changed to improve consistency, reliability and speed, and reduce resources.  0.5 FTE could be re-deployed on more important tasks and error rates could be improved by ~30%.

lexvoco was able to provide tangible cost savings.  We guaranteed our recommendations ... if the client cannot realise the savings we opined, there would be no charge.  Aside from that, our day long workshop left all the staff with continuous improvement tools and frameworks that they can always use. 

We’ve assembled a diverse team of senior M&A and litigation lawyers, plus legal process experts, to design and implement a series of process flows and decision trees that logically map hundreds of clauses from a very complicated $B sale and purchase contract relating to liability sharing claims. 

The system enables someone (a lawyer or non-lawyer) with limited knowledge of the S&P contract and its intricacies, to process the claims quickly, without missing something.  Importantly, each claim being assessed now follows the same logical documented process.  Each answer then automatically populates standard responses for legal review and approval.  It’s predicted the Case Flow Management System will save our client at least 10 hours per claim.  At 300-400 claims that’s 3,000 to 4,000 hours with more consistency and lower error rates.

lexvoco was recently asked by a State Government Department to help improve how its legal services were delivered, and the cost.  Their legal team faced these challenges:  

  • Everyone was over capacity 
  • Clients pushed for faster responses
  • Each client had their preferred lawyers and briefing methods
  • Some clients briefed external counsel directly
  • The legal team had agreed workflow processes but each person preferred their own version
  • Each corporate services team had to reduce costs by at least 30%

The client’s legal team wanted to achieve “best practice” legal serviced delivery.

Our approach

  • We used the Lean and McKinsey problem solving approach and our legal specific frameworks such as lexvoco Triage™, lexvoco MyDay™ and Lean Lawyers, which have been developed over years completing similar projects for in-house legal teams. 
  • We collected information from the key internal clients and the legal team about what happens, why, when, how and how much. 
  • Key clients provided information that they wouldn’t share directly with the legal team.
  • We found out what needed to be improved, and the root causes.
  • We focused on what was great and why.
  • We analysed this information against best practice and benchmark KPIs from US, UK and Australian legal teams.
  • We workshopped solutions and ideas with the legal team, which increases the implementation effectiveness

Our team

Nat Parbhu and Anthony Wright led our team.  Two former General Counsel who also have also had consulting experience and P&L responsibility in various sectors and corporate functions.

The outcomes

  • 15 discrete performance improvement recommendations
  • 40%+ identified cost savings achievable over the next 6 months, including how to reduce external legal spend
  • $300,000 of immediate cost savings identified
  • Provided frameworks for workflow management and allocation
  • The key internal clients were very impressed at being involved in the process 

The Problem

This GOC faces a common problem - heaps of work to do, a headcount freeze, pressure to reduce external spend, but they can't figure out what to change.  They've got limited good data and information about the issues, and, whilst they have sound hypothesis to fix the issues, they don't really know what the clients' think and what the root causes are.  It means they're working long hours and just getting busier. 

lexvoco's Solution

We've assembled a team of lawyers and management consultants which includes Brook Burke from our Brisbane office and Anthony Wright from Melbourne.  Applying lexvoco's Legal Continuous Improvement Toolkit Brook and Anthony have just commenced the assignment.  The first step will be to define the problems and aims from both the legal and client perspectives, and to gather baseline qualitative and quantitative information. 

The Outcomes

Stay tuned for progress and outcomes.  We'll share some of our initiatives.

The Challenge

Our client is an Chinese owned resources business who is embarking on an ambitious plan to acquire key infrastructure.  With a small legal team and, although engaging a global firm, the in-house team still needed plenty of help to work on the deals and instruct external advisers.  Our client needed diverse support from both a legal (M&A, funds, property and IP) and commerce background. 

lexvoco Solution

Michelle Davies, Senior Legal Counsel, one of our leaders in Brisbane and Sydney, and one of lexvoco's first team members early in 2015, was perfect for the job.  Having been a Senior Associate at Allens Linklaters, exposed to big deals, and also Senior Counsel and JV/Commercial Manager at Santos, Michelle was able to advise on many parts of the transactions.  

Outcome

Apart from bringing the right, diverse skills, Michelle was able to complete the work embedded in the client's offices at about one third the price of top tier.  Michelle has consistently received great feedback from the General Counsel and senior executives. 

Client Challenge

Possibly the world's best architectural firm didn't have enough support to advise on Design & Construct and commercial contracts but also just to make life easier for their architects. They went to market - asked their law firms and advertised on the job boards, but decided that our solution matched their needs most closely. 

lexvoco Solution

They decided that by using lexvoco they have a great lawyer supported by our senior construction principals, the flexibility of not having an employee, and they saved time and money on interviewing processes and recruitment fees. Part of our service also includes overflow support when their in-house team is too busy. 

Outcome

David Nguyen, who has been in-house before, understands what it's like to work in the business and can hit the ground running, is the key lexvoco lawyer with this client. He likes working with architects and enjoys the autonomy and flexibility this provides. 

Client Feedback

David has got so much positive feedback from the legal and business staff that they wanted to keep him there for good. Thankfully for us, he likes our office too. 

Client challenge 

One of Australia's most recognisable brands had to decide what the right mix of 5,000 employee versus contracted drivers was.  This involved analysing the legal, moral and economic aspects.  The client's resources were already stretched and they had a skill gap.  The assignment needed a senior consultant who understood labour and contract law, and could also help develop and test the financial and non-financial implications so an informed decision could be made by the executive committee. 

lexvoco solution 

Two days after receiving the brief Georgette Leader from lexvoco was on the job.  Georgie had completed a similar assignment for a multi-national FMCG business.  Georgie is being supported by Anthony Wright  who will assist with the commercial and strategic parts. 

Client feedback 

A fast, simple solution.  Our client is getting the support and advice of two senior in-house counsel with the cost in-line and even less than some of their own staff. 

Client’s Challenge

This is our second major matter for this ASX100 telco/tech company.  The client was trying to economically manage commercial disputes.  As is common, they were trying their best to deal with it in-house but they didn’t really have a litigator on staff, and then briefed external counsel after the initial work. 

The problems were: they may have missed something strategic in the early internal assessment and communications with the otherside; the firms were more expensive than in-house; and, through no fault of the firm, they didn’t know the people, and the internal workings and strategic drivers as well as someone in-house can. 

Also, they didn’t want to go ahead and recruit for someone permanently because:

  1. That would time consuming and costly.
  2. No matter how thorough the recruitment process, you don’t really know until the person starts work.
  3. The CEO didn’t really want another FTE when the “internalisation” experiment may not work.
  4. Disputes work is lumpy so why commit to a FTE.

Our solution

We’ve spent quite a bit of time studying disputes and how to reduce the cost, finish them quicker, plan better and reduce staff time with something normally from the past that they don’t really want to do anyway.  This theory, combined with the expertise of Diana Gould, is already leading to good outcomes for our client: saving time, resources and cash. 

… to help a bread and butter business. 

The General Counsel's Challenge

With a staff member short and lots of work on following a takeover earlier this year, this Australian icon’s legal team couldn’t cope.  They needed help with routine work and also some important projects.  And, the General Counsel didn’t have much time to explain the business and the sector, do a handover or supervise. 

lexvoco Solution

Anil Sharma, Senior Legal Counsel and one of our leaders in Sydney, was able to help on a few days’ notice.  Anil has more than 20 years’ in-house experience, including in FMCG and retail.  He’s also able to share with our client the lexvoco Continuous Improvement Toolkit as a free of charge value add.

Again, we’ve been able to deliver on our 4CP’s – 4 Client Promises …

  • Top legal talent – minimum 5 years in-house in-sector experience.  Check (x4).
  • On call – proposals within 24 hours of briefing.  We delivered.
  • Flexibility – no lock in contracts.  Check. 
  • Affordability – in line with staff costs, 15% mark up.  Check.

... not always ...

Client Challenge

One of the world's largest miners is in a stoush following a big deal.  There are breach of contract, statutory, multi-jurisdictional and competition issues intertwined.  Not to mention a lot of dough, perception and politics.  There's already a team of in-house lawyers and experts working on the matter, around the clock and around the globe.  Still, they needed someone with a broad range of senior in-house, economic and issue specific (back and front end legals) experience to help.  Their other choice was to brief a big firm but, aside from the increased costs, which is neither here nor there for the client given the importance of the matter, the diverse in-house legal and commerce experience was unlikely to be found. 

lexvoco Solution

We are pumped to be able to help on such a significant matter.  One of our Principals, Anthony Wright, is leading our team.  We are advising on the case strategy, validity of the claims and allegations, merits of success, claims management, legal research, briefing local and overseas counsel, and the most economic outcomes. 

With our consulting, process improvement and strategy experience, we've also recently developed a case flow management tool specifically for our client.  This enables a high volume of complicated claim facts to be processed by any lawyer through a consistent process flow and decision tree. 

Client Challenge

A large transport and infrastructure business with a problem.  One of their senior lawyers was pulled off the team to focus on a particular project. Traditionally, the rest of the team would have just had to cope - working longer hours to keep up with demand, with all of the team under more stress and pressure.  They needed someone who had the right skills and wouldn't upset the team's existing relationships and harmony. 

lexvoco Solution

We knew that Jemima Harris had the right skills - a mix of construction, procurement, general commercial, and we knew that she'd be a good match culturally. Jemima met the GC and the team and started the following week. 

Client Feedback

All is going well and Jemima is settling in, picking up the other lawyer's workload and helping the team keep their workloads down. 

"Perfect.  Thanks for all your work on this.  You’ve done an awesome job."  That's the feedback we strive for - making our clients' workplace less stressful. 

Client challenge 

The execs were about to embark on a roadshow for new overseas licensees.  They needed agreements and simple explanatory notes so prospective partners wouldn't get bogged down in the legals, whilst still obviously protecting the licensor, and their systems and IP.  The problem was the General Counsel didn't have enough time to do it plus her other work. 

lexvoco solution 

We worked through the night to deliver a simple yet encompassing agreement and checklists.  Our point of difference was having an experienced former General Counsel, with B2C international licensing experience, do the work without asking many questions and without fuss. 

 

Client challenge 

One of the country's leading waste management businesses was unsure how to cope with the pressure when a senior team member suddenly was unable to work for 8 weeks. Do we redistribute the workload and hope for the best? Too risky. 

lexvoco solution 

Sending over one of our senior practitioners', with a varied in-house background and skillset, was a success. A meeting on Friday afternoon with the General Counsel to discuss the workload and Anil Sharma started on the Monday. 

Client feedback 

Comments from the GC? "All good". And our lawyer's thoughts? "The work is varied and interesting and they are a great company to work for". 

Client challenge 

With a recent staff departure but increased workloads, our client, a funds manager and REIT was finding it difficult to get the work done and still get home at a reasonable hour. With a small, very busy legal team, they needed someone who could join the group, understanding the business from day one (and not needing a lot of hand-holding). 

lexvoco solution 

After a coffee meeting to discuss the work and cultural fit, one of our highly experienced lawyers, Sylvia Song was able to join the legal team at their office, bringing her depth of experience and the right skill-set. 

Client feedback 

"Sylvia has really hit the ground running; plenty of positive feedback from our internal stakeholders." 

Client challenge 

With recent changes to their compliance regime, one of Australia's largest telcos needed an urgent review of their existing policies and procedures in comparison to the new requirements.  Not an assignment for someone who doesn't know in-house legal, compliance and how telcos function.  

lexvoco solution 

After receiving the online brief, within a few hours, Ishan Karunanayake, Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel, who has worked as a tech/telco consultant at PwC and in a top firm, had started work.  Two days later the assignment was complete. 

Client feedback 

"This was the first time we used lexvoco.  The job was done without fuss, I didn't need to supervise, I didn't have to waste time talking to people, the GM was happy, and it cost us bugger all."

Client challenge 

A major fund manager embarking on an IPO for one of its funds, wanted to keep as much of the work in-house as possible to contain costs and keep control.  The legal team consisting of c.30 lawyers couldn't cope with their routine support and this major legal project.  

lexvoco solution 

Perene Coleman, Senior Legal Counsel, with considerable funds, capital raising and finance expertise gained from the likes of Credit Suisse, Westpac and UBS was able to start work on a week's notice and is "exceeding expectations" per our client's General Counsel. 

Outcome 

Cost savings are important but the most pleasing aspect for our client's legal team for this consulting project is that they aren't consistently working 14+ hours each day.   

Client challenge 

Our client, a big bank, wanted to defend a Supreme Court claim in-house.  Their in-house disputes lawyer was on the record but he couldn't do everything.  He needed help with the jurisdictional civil procedure rules and formulating a defence and counterclaim. 

lexvoco solution 

Our Senior Legal Counsel, Kate Whalan, is an expert in commercial and insolvency disputes having acted for numerous financiers in the past.  On 48 hours notice Kate was able to remotely access all the evidence and pleadings, and advise our client. 

Client feedback 

Kate is able to help with the key issues quickly, sensibly and economically.  Kate can also help direct brief the barrister.  The client is able to control the strategy and cost of the dispute, without having to engage a big firm.   

Client challenge 

With litigation costs growing by the day, the in-house legal team was feeling the pressure.

The pressure was from all sides - keeping legal spend below budget, keeping legal team happy and motivated and ensuring business as usual work is done on time and well. How can a legal team cope with ordinary workload + the work and pressure of an enormous looming litigation?  

The General Counsel asked lexvoco for assistance from a junior lawyer with litigation experience to help more Senior Legal Counsel manage the litigation internally.

lexvoco solution 

Main-Shing Tran was part of our proposal - a junior solicitor with litigation experience who was excited by the opportunity.  We knew that Main-Shing would hit the ground running, get her head around legal issues and make life easier for the legal team. 

Client feedback 

Main-Shing is flourishing under the challenging and changing circumstances, and without much training has picked up her role and requirements very quickly. 

Outcome 

Now, rather than outsource all litigation, they can manage internally - keeping costs down and allowing the rest of the legal team to focus on their day to day jobs. 

 

Client Challenge

One of our clients, a leader in the energy sector, needed a 2IC to help their too-busy General Counsel. They had advertised for a part-time general commercial lawyer. They weren't happy with the results and felt that they had wasted money and time on advertising and lengthy interview processes. Their next step was to contact lexvoco.

lexvoco Solution

Within a day, we'd organised for one of our experienced in-house lawyers, Georgette Leader, to meet the General Counsel and suggested our resourcing solution. Georgette to assist as our lead legal counsel, with access to our commercial lawyers, Anthony Wright and Tara Adams, for any overflow.

Outcome

The GC was so impressed that Georgette started the next day. Georgette was familiar with the business, able to hit the ground running, and offer flexibility and support to the GC, plus access to other lexvoco lawyers when needed. A great match of skills and flexibility for both client and lawyer, and a saving of time and money for our client. 

Client Challenge

Under pressure, this financial services institution wasn't sure where to turn. There wasn't a defined task or set project - they just needed someone with experience, who could hit the ground running and put the jigsaw puzzles pieces together autonomously. But they were struggling with headcount restrictions. 

lexvoco Solution

With a varied skillset, our experienced finance and insurance lawyer, Miriam Rihani, was confident to jump into a new in-house team and put her legal mind to whatever is most pressing that day – whether it’s commercial disputes, corporate/M&A advice or marketing review work. Miriam is a contractor who isn't adding to the headcount - she is simply part of the legal budget now. 

Outcome

The in-house team is operating more effectively and efficiently, without breaking the 'hiring freeze' policy. 

Client Feedback

Can we clone Miriam?

Client Challenge

How do you manage when you know your team is often under pressure, but there isn’t enough consistency of work for a permanent employee? This is the challenge our client, a leading global insurer, faced. Even with a big legal team, with many skills, the often sudden increase in work meant team members were feeling the pressure and clients weren’t getting the service they needed. A law firm secondee hadn’t always worked in the past and it was not worth the fee and effort involved in recruitment – so they came to lexvoco.

lexvoco Solution

We knew that it was imperative a senior lawyer, with in-house experience, hit the ground running. Stuart Granger was ideal for the ad hoc work. 

Outcome

The client was happy with Stuart picking up ICT procurement work when the in-house team is overloaded. For Stuart, it is interesting. Most importantly it solves the problem for our client in a flexible, affordable way.

Client Challenge

Our client is one of the big three energy companies in Australia.  Their General Counsel and Head of Risk identified almost a thousand regulatory compliance requirements.  Their operations staff were struggling to get their heads around complicated, legally-worded requirements, and they didn’t have the time to write guidance notes and attribute a risk-rating to them. They especially didn't have the resources to pull someone else into the team away from their day to day job.

lexvoco Solution

One of our paralegals, Andrew Michaelson, an LLB graduate, with legal experience in-house, was keen to join the energy retailer and help demystify some of the legislative requirements.  

Outcome

Andrew re-wrote the guidelines in a user-friendly way, allocated a risk rating, and attributed them to business owners, allowing the business to get on with what they do best, and for the company to mitigate risk. He also helped the company to identify other issues and the help they needed. 

Client Challenge

The legal team at a leading Melbourne university was struggling to keep up with demand.  And, one of their senior IT and IP lawyers was on extended leave. Originally it was proposed that they take a secondee from one of the big firms who they use often.  The Chief Legal Counsel decided against that because he needed a seasoned in-house lawyer who understood the dynamics of the sector and the way business unit General Managers usually confer with legal. 

lexvoco Solution

We were confident that a lexvoco senior legal counsel, with the right technical skills, but importantly also previous in-house experience, would make life easier for the client. 

Outcome

Diana Lew from our Melbourne office has slotted in straight in and after a half day handover is working directly with the key internal clients with no oversight needed from the CLO.  

Client Challenge

Recently, late one night, we received a call from a regional sole practitioner who read about us in a Law Society magazine.  He was under pressure - too much work, too many competing deadlines and not quite the right skills.  For years, he had referred the work to other practitioners but he was always concerned about the service they might get and whether he would see the client again.  Sometimes he took on the work and battled through figuring out how and what to do. Predominantly a disputes lawyer, this time he had a client wanting to sell their business with completion in 48 hours.  

lexvoco Solution

Two of our lawyers, Tara and Anthony, were available on call. Both experienced and senior lawyers, with the technical knowledge to hit the key points immediately.

Outcome

Tara and Anthony drafted and turned around multiple versions of the Sale and Purchase Agreement, property documents and other ancillary documents within the tight timeframe.  We led our client through a completion checklist and everything settled.  This was a very pleasing outcome for our client, his client and the buyer.  We were so happy to be able to help a fellow practitioner and make life easier. 

Client Challenge

A substantial transaction needed serious attention, but the business as usual work goes on. This Sole Legal Counsel needed an extra pair of hands on deck to help focus on the transaction, but allow the General Counsel to get through the day to day work too. 

lexvoco Solution

Our senior M&A lawyer finalised the term sheet, prepared for due diligence and will complete the deal documents.  Having previously worked for a great law firm and as General Counsel of an ASX100 company conducting a lot of M&A internally, Jillian is well placed to manage the deal. 

Outcome

This should save the client ~50-60% compared to outsourcing solely to a big firm, and the senior executives will be dealing with someone in their office, face to face, every day. 

Client Challenge

A global miner with HQ here in Australia has their in-house litigation manager (who also helps with some contract reviews and advice) overseas on a project for a few months.  Our client didn't have the expertise in-house to cover, couldn't afford to have the files sit idle, and didn't want to outsource more work. 

lexvoco Solution

Our litigator, who also worked in-house in a commercial and legal role at a global energy business, was seconded into the client's office within a week.  After a day's handover, Leyya is taking instructions from internal clients, instructing outside counsel and progressing the disputes.

Outcome 

Managing the litigation internally is much more cost-effective for our client, and they've even encouraged Leyya to develop her broader front-end skills. Leyya's enjoying the experience and the client is winning on both litigation support and general front-end advice as well. 

Client Challenge

Our client, a diverse financial services business, is about to go to trial.  Key executives must give evidence and there is a large amount of material in issue.  Whilst a leading firm and a silk are running the matter superbly, our client needed an experienced litigator to immerse themselves in the case to help the business and the witnesses prepare for trial - and they just didn't have the right skills internally to do so. 

lexvoco Solution

We have provided one of our lawyers who has just finished advising a State Government relating to a major public inquiry in Victoria.  She has spent 18 months helping the State prepare for trial, summarising and preparing evidence, and preparing expert and lay witnesses and was the perfect solution. 

Outcome

Having someone internally to coach staff and prepare them for trial was invaluable for our client - it was either spent big $$$ on having a firm send someone in, or have Senior Executives lose face when not prepared for court. Saving money and face is critical - and we helped to do so. 

Client Feedback

Our client's General Counsel's feedback: "Your lawyer has been fantastic – we really enjoyed working with her. Our QC was very impressed too."

We are advising one of the few fashion houses that are constantly growing. lexvoco lawyers include Tara Adams, Mark Woolley (Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2015 Most Client Focused Lawyer) and Anthony Wright.  Tara is an expert in intellectual property and general commercial lawyer having advised the likes of Christian Dior, L'Oreal, Boost Juice and Diageo, globally.  Mark and Anthony, both Principals and once fashionable, support the in-house team with contract advice, disputes and real estate.   

We are pleased to have just been appointed to this ASX100's panel assisting with commercial, corporate, M&A and funds matters.  Two of our senior in-house lawyers from Melbourne and Brisbane will take the lead to help the General Counsel and her team with the work that they can't get to and they would rather have experienced in-house lawyers do.  Not only will this save them cash compared to outsourcing in the traditional way, more beneficially, our lawyers will be able to deal directly with the internal clients as in-house lawyers and part of their current team. 

Our client is a Fortune 100 industrials business but has a small legal Asia Pacific legal team.  Our senior in-house counsel and a junior in-house lawyer are helping with overflow work so that Legal doesn't slow down the business.  Previously, the GC would have outsourced to their global panel firms but lexvoco's flexible in-house lawyers are able to react quickly and cost-effectively, dealing directly with the internal clients the way that in-house lawyers do.  According to the GC the most positive aspect so far is that she doesn't need to check, summarise and pass on the work to the business - "I hate that feeling that I should have just done it myself." 

We are excited to be advising a logistics provider launch in Australasia.  One of our senior corporate and commercial lawyers, Anthony Wright, who worked as General Counsel for a similar business, is leading the team.  Given the size of the business and the complex relationships with funders, suppliers, customers and shareholders, there is a huge amount of legals to get through, quickly.  Our team is advising on fund raising, corporate governance and documentation, structuring, supply contracts, IP (marks and patents), franchising and licensing, key IT contracts, employment and consumer law.  Commencement is scheduled for next quarter and we can't wait to see this business shake up the market.     

Client Challenge

The General Counsel of an international pharmaceutical company was under pressure from his CFO to get through 35+ deeds of novation and variation in under a week, while also managing the rest of the sale transaction and the day to day legals.

We answered the call at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and had sent over our proposal by 6pm.

lexvoco Solution

We knew that one of our experienced senior legal counsel would be great value for this work. Jemima was available to start work on the Monday, worked remotely and had the work completed within 4 days. 

Outcome

Jemima temporarily stepped into the legal team, got the job done and helped take some of the the weight off o the GC’s shoulder so that he could breathe easy- and so could the CFO. The GC’s comments? “Jemima was fabulous, I was delighted with her efforts and professionalism!”

Our client, a multinational miner, is involved in a major dispute in multiple jurisdictions.  A mountain of documents have been disclosed and interlocutory applications have been filed by the parties requiring urgent consideration of the evidence and a further assessment of privileged documents.  Our client was anxious about how to get the work done in time and a sharp increase in legal costs.  Within 24 hours we were able to make available 12 lawyers for our client.  Our experienced team worked tirelessly with our client's in-house lawyers and external counsel to meet the deadlines.      

We're very excited to welcome two senior in-house ICT lawyers to the fold.  We're equally excited that they're already impressing two big new clients.

The problems we're on to

Most ICT lawyers are in big firms and they're brilliant technical lawyers.  We've been told many times there's a shortage of ICT lawyers who focus on the in-house way of doing legals, to call on when needed.  We've also been asked if there are tech lawyers who know how to build tech and talk to developers.  

Two clients in particular, a foreign government owned power business and an ASX50 tech and gaming business, are overwhelmed with ICT legals. Getting the contracts signed quickly is business critical because of the competitive advantage the products provide in very competitive times.  There's lots of pressure on the legal team to "get the bloody contracts signed ... but don't screw anything up because these are a bit risky."

lexvoco's solution(s)

In surfing terms, we're stoked to have two tech experts, Melissa Hii (ex Intel and Middletons) and Claire Vines (ex Dell, IBM and Australia Post) join our existing ICT team and make life easier for these two in-house teams. 

The outcomes

Already we've received tremendous feedback from both clients about our team's knowledge, ability to just fit in, and attitude.  It's tremendous to see an internal email from a ops GM to the GC saying our lawyer is a joy to work with and "thank you".  Other than getting paid for a hard day's work, you can't ask for much better feedback than a simple thank you.  Happy days. 

The Case

Our client is an ASX30 media and tech business that's expanding offshore.  Whilst they've got a global firm helping, we are on their team too, providing the diverse in-house and multi-jurisdictional expertise needed to close the deal.  Previous law firm secondees didn't work well because they hadn't truly been in-house and embedded in the sector before.

lexvoco's Staff

Nat Parbhu is representing us on this deal.  Nat's worked in both the UK and Australia, and, most importantly, has worked in the sectors for more than a decade.  

The Client Outcomes

Flexible, genuine in-house help, which makes the deal close sooner and simpler.  Price is a factor too.  We've provided fee certainty, yet with flexibility, at far less than someone of Nat's experience working at a big firm.