GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™

A tool to help you produce your own legal department transformation plan

The Problem

You have been asked to produce a transformation plan for your legal department.

Related challenges include:

  • you have not written a department transformation plan before
  • preparing a transformation plan can be a huge undertaking, but your board wants it tomorrow
  • you do not have budget to bring in a “transformation consultant” to prepare a plan for you
  • most legal teams are too busy to find the time to plan their transformation
  • you do not have examples of transformation plans to give you a starting point
  • you are unsure as to how to define, capture and plan for the transformation interventions you must make
  • you face pressure to demonstrate measurable performance & transformation
  • you have seen previous transformation initiatives fail / underwhelm
  • preparing this plan comes on top of your already busy “day job”

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

The GLS Solution

GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™ is a best practice template that allows you to efficiently develop a legal team transformation plan that is comprehensive, practical and implementation focused. 

GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™ has been developed by GLS after having successfully carrying out hundreds of legal dept transformation projects. The template is battle tested and an effective resource to help you during this vital planning stage.

Recognizing that most legal team leaders have yet to undertaken a entire department transformation exercise, the template helps guide your thinking through a full range of considerations, dependencies and obstacles that you will encounter on your transformation and which your plan must accommodate. 

GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™ will help you define for yourself, a strategic transformation plan for your legal department by ensuring that you actively consider all key issues, including:

  • establishing your transformation goals
  • the current status of your legal department
  • known transformation obstacles
  • helping you align your corporate and transformation goals
  • budgetary and other resourcing requirements
  • defining required transformation decision making
  • defining your 100 Day and Years 1 - 3 objectives
  • program reporting protocols

GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™ allows to proactively prepare and transformation plan for the future. This solution can be used independently, or incorporated into a wider organization transformation exercise.  

GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template™ allows to to define for yourself the pathway your team must take to achieving greater levels of performance.

In-house teams must be capable of demonstrating ownership of their transformation agenda - if you cannot, outside forces will eventually impose a transformation agenda upon you.  This template helps you take control over your transformation agenda.

Whether you want to transform your entire legal team, a specific function or just a single workflow– this solution will help you document an effective transformation plan that you can use to secure budget / resources and implement in a practical manner. 

GLS can also prepare your transformation plan for you, or give you access to one of our standard plans. Please see Related Products if you want more than a DIY resource. 

Problem Solved.

Solution Deliverables

Template:This template will guide you through the key issues needed to efficiently produce a transformation plan for your legal department.
Structured:This solution is well defined, with a clear navigational structure that dovetails with the wider strategic needs of your organization's.
User Friendly:The solution is extremely user friendly, peppered with guidance notes and is drafted in plain English.
Success Record:Our template is based on what we use ourselves - and GLS's incredible record for successful transformation implementations - from full team turnarounds through to the transformations of specific components of specific legal functions.

Solution SLA Options and US$ Pricing

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GLS Legal Dept. Transformation Plan Template
Price (excl. VAT)$999

Pricing Comparison

GLS provides a complete solution for $999. What would you get from a typical law firm for this amount? Well, see below.

Big Law ReviewUS RateGLS CostMinutes
Partner$850$9991h 10m
Senior Associate$640$9991h 33m
Blended Rate$520$9991h 55m
Associate$480$9992h 05m
Junior Associate$420$9992h 22m

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 Tech


Managed Service

Human Capital

Data Analytics

Legal Operations

Service Provider



Co. Sec.


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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