GLS Virtual Legal Department™

Your own full-service in-house legal department

The Problem

The needs of your business are surpassing the capabilities of your existing legal team – and/or you do not have a qualified legal team. 

Related challenges include:

  • you don’t yet have an internal legal team and are unsure as to what skills sets such a team should have
  • you need regular access to specialisms, seniority and expertise not present within your team
  • despite having an internal team you are still spending too much on external lawyers
  • resourcing for the variable workflow scenarios generated by your business is difficult
  • your existing team faces normal availability issues (sickness, weekends, holidays, etc.)
  • existing team member attrition frequently results in the loss of valuable, practical knowledge about your business
  • the turn-around time of your team is not as fast as the business would like it to be
  • your team could work more efficiently with the right technology but there is no budget for it
  • continual upskilling and training of your existing team represents additional, unbudgeted costs
  • the size of your team and employment contracts don’t allow it to scale to seasonal/periodic spikes in business
  • you would like the benefits of a world-class team but do not have budget for it

Wouldn’t it be good to have access to the resources of a world class, in-house legal team, that is appropriate for the size of your business and backed by a leading global law firm?

The GLS Solution

GLS Legal Dept™ gives you access to a world-class legal team supported by industry leading resources that go well beyond what is available to most in-house teams, but for a fraction of the cost. 

GLS Legal Dept™ delivers SLA backed support delivery that is transparent and reliable – and capable of maintaining vital momentum, whether for a new deal or in support of general operations. 

GLS Legal Dept™ makes legal support better, faster, cheaper and safer 24/7/365 – i.e. it massively extends what is achievable with your legal budget.  

GLS Legal Dept™ frees your business from the shackles of skill, capacity and availability constraints, not to mention hiring, training, developing and mentoring costs – whilst still delivering an on-site team.  

GLS Legal Dept™ can be deployed within days and thereafter remains available to you 24/7/365 over an ever increasingly global footprint, all for a fraction of the cost of employing your own direct team.

GLS Legal Dept™ brings maximum efficiencies to the execution of mundane legal tasks and access to the capacity needed to deal with complex, heavy lifting transactions. 

GLS Legal Dept™ provides an immediate and scalable solution to any and all capacity and process related problems – freeing you from the problems of team member churn. 

GLS Legal Dept™ is managed by a global group whose business exists to maximise the productivity capabilities of legal resources – and which have brought legal costs down by more than 80%.

GLS Legal Dept™ gives you access to the GLS Group’s exceptional manpower, superior process efficiency and technology so that you can benefit from an “always on” world-class support resource.

Problem solved.

Solution Deliverables

Your Team:

We supply all members of your legal team for you although they remain employees of the GLS Group.

Your “Head of Legal” will be an experienced professional with at least 10 years of PQE and will have previously served in senior in-house positions.

We can scale your team up or down to reflect the “then current needs” of your business, but without the associated HR challenges.

Business Specific:

We deploy our market leading legal need diagnostic tools to precisely work out what optimal mix of legal support is needed by your business.

The requirements of your business will be carefully mapped to the right support solutions in order to deliver a pro-active support capability.

100% Contact Time Productivity Metric:Most employees are actually only effective for around 50-60% of their contract time (i.e. their 9-5 work time). GLS Legal Dept™ delivers the equivalent of 100% contract time support.
Onsite Attendance:Your in-house counsel can be located both on-site and offsite depending on the actual needs of your business.
Scalable:The capacity offered by GLS Legal Dept™ is entirely scalable (up and down) depending on the then current needs of your business.
Legal Dept. Policy Infrastructure:GLS Legal Dept™ utilises the GLS Group Legal Policy to ensure optimised resource productivity, professionalism and security.
Attachment Rights:Clients of GLS Legal Dept.™ are entitled to refer to GLS Law as their retained law firm.
Precedent Empowered:Access, without additional charge, to any GLS Group maintained precedents required by your business.
Network Empowered:Your in-house legal team will be empowered by granting them access to the collegiate network of every GLS lawyer globally.
Discounted Rates:You will be entitled to a discount of 10% for any legal work that you require from GLS Law Firm should that need arise (e.g. litigation, etc).

Project Requirements

Please click Request Follow-Up if you would like to discuss a bespoke project so that we can contact you to discuss your requirements.

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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