GLS Legal Department Annual Budget Builder™

A tool to help you produce your annual legal department budget

The Problem

Being asked to produce an annual budget can be an inexact science leading to a ‘finger in the wind’ approach to annual budgeting – few GC’s have a crystal ball to predict the future

Related challenges include:

  • lack of clarity over precise future business support requirements
  • the expectation that you should know the future
  • reduced budget and human resources – yet requirement to maintain service levels
  • how to define, capture and plan for extraordinary events
  • blurred lines of cost and budget allocation
  • lack of availability of funds for critical spend categories – e.g. CPD / training etc
  • lack of availability of precise data for you to measure past budgetary levels & performance
  • inherited positions / moving goalposts
  • pressure to reduce in all spend categories … and to produce “more with less”

Wouldn’t it be great if you could access a turn-key and cost-effective solution that could help you define an accurate and defendable legal department budget?

The GLS Solution

GLS Legal Department Annual Budget Builder™ has been developed by former GCs to be a functional tool to provide the basis for an accurate and reliable annual budget to emerge.

This solution helps you define (by providing working examples of) the common / suggested areas of legal department budgetary requirement, together with an explanation of each spend category.

This solution provides you with recommendations around provisioning and approximate costing (expressed as %) for you to align with your allocated budget.

This solution provides you with playbook style guidance on how to defend budget line items / budget reductions, or (if you are amongst the lucky ones) request an increase / additional budget.

This solution provides you with recommendations for appropriate exclusions / carve outs for specific spend categories relating to either unbudgeted or uncontrollable line items.

This solution provides you with tips on how to ensure a hard line is drawn around what is within and what is outside of your dept. budget.

In-house teams must be capable of demonstrating accountability for the management and control of their departmental costs and expenditure, and the GLS Legal Department Budget Builder™ provides you with a tool to do just that.

Problem Solved.

Solution Deliverables

Comprehensive:This solution will guide you through all the aspects needed to drive efficient production of your annual budget.
Structured:This solution is well defined, with a clear navigational structure that dovetails with your wider organisation’s budgeting needs.
User Friendly:The solution is extremely user friendly, peppered with guidance notes and is drafted in plain English for use by anyone designated to do so.

Pricing Comparison

For $599 at GLS you get an entire business plan for your legal department. At a traditional firm you would just get 75min of time…

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GLS RPLV Legal Operations Score

This solution’s GLS RPLV impact score:

Resource Status: Specialist Repeater Formative
Ease of Implementation: Complex Average Easy
Value Demonstration/Visibility: Low Medium High
Productivity Leverage Profile: Low Medium High
IHL Line Optimisation: Single Multiple All Lines

IHL Critical Function Optimisation Targets

This solution enhances performance across the following critical in-house functions:

In-House Legal: Critical Functions / Processes

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Legal Operations

GLS has identified 15 critical in-house processes/functions that are present in every world-class legal department. To learn what these functions are, their composition and how they interrelate to deliver efficient legal team performance outcomes - visit here.

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