GLS Legal Department Business Plan™

A tool to help you produce your legal department business plan

The Problem

Your business is asking to receive a business plan for your legal department, perhaps as part of an annual department review / appraisal cycle or as part of a transformation initiative.

Related challenges include:

  • you do not have a business plan template giving you a starting point
  • you have not had to write a department business plan before
  • your business expects you to lay out the future – without guidance as to what that may be
  • how to define, capture and plan for extraordinary events / events outside your control
  • pressure to demonstrate measurable performance & transformation
  • academic -vs- realistic and deliverable strategic outcomes
  • lack of time / resources available from your department to develop and deliver the plan
  • imprecise available data for you to develop your strategy
  • how to deal with “X-Factors” and moving goalposts

Wouldn’t it be great if you could access a turn-key and cost-effective business plan template that could help you define and deliver a robust departmental business plan?

The GLS Solution

GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ is an instruction manual with detailed guidance, templates and forms that GCs can use to efficiently create an annual business plan for their department.

GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ has been developed by former GCs to offer a functional tool that enables you to prepare an operational business plan for your legal department.

This solution helps you define (by providing working examples of) the common / suggested areas of legal department business planning, and suggested areas for focus and development.

GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ will assist you in defining a strategic plan for your legal department by helping you identify and outline operational planning, aims and objectives.

GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ will assist you perform and capture a SWOT analysis for your department.

GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ allows to prepare and plan for the future (perhaps to be used in conjunction with a budgeting or transformation exercise) and define operational efficiency for your department.

This solution also provides you with guidance on:

  • communication and buy-in strategies for both your business and department; and
  • how to align your department with overall business objectives.

In-house teams must be capable of demonstrating accountability for the management and control of their department (with a view to being optimally efficient), and the GLS Legal Department Business Plan™ provides you with a tool to do just that.

Problem Solved.

Solution Deliverables

Comprehensive:This solution will guide you through the key issues needed to drive efficient production of your annual business plan.
Structured:This solution is well defined, with a clear navigational structure that dovetails with your wider organisation’s strategic 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 $999 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

General Counsel

Legal Operations


Legal Tech


Managed Service

Human Capital

Data Analytics

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Internal Client


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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