Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™

Performance Manage Your External Counsel

The Problem

Your business regularly procures external legal services providers that leave you questioning their value and concerned by their costs.

Related challenges include:

  • your expenditure on external legal counsel is eye watering
  • you need stronger and more strategic relationships with outside counsel
  • you want to empower your in-house team
  • you want to build the capabilities and know-how of your in-house team
  • you want to reduce your reliance on external counsel
  • your outside counsel are not providing effective support in a leveraged or cost-effective manner
  • business is pressuring you to show a greater ROI from your legal budget

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a single, best practice, policy that was ready to go and incredibly effective? 

The GLS Solution

Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ delivers you a comprehensive, world class policy instrument that allows you to performance manage your external counsel relationships.

Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ empowers you to partner with external providers in a way that allows you to channel their efforts towards the realisation of your corporate objectives.

It’s all well to criticise external counsel about their inefficient performance but if you have not set the bar in terms of the efficiencies you expect, then you are part of the problem.

Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ traverses the fullest range of best practices designed to deliver a performance managed construct to your external counsel relationships.

Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ is predicated on a good relationship construct being one that delivers performance and budgetary certainty, with tangible value creation that transfers back to your organisation.

Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ enables you to build effective relationships with counsel that allow you to quickly access expertise and capacity on optimised terms.

With Guidelines for External Legal Counsel™ you have access to a world class basis for managing external counsel which you can easily customise to our own needs and preferences.

Problem solved. 

Solution Deliverables

Chapters Covering:

(see "View Sample" for full breakdown)

  • Engagement Protocol
  • Engagement Efficiencies
  • Work Product, Privilige & Confidentiality
  • Matter Resourcing Protocol
  • Billing & Financial Matters
  • Conflicts Policy
  • Relationship Management
  • Value Add Principles
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Compliance Matters
  • Media & Reputation

Pricing Comparison

For $2999 at GLS you get a tool to manage your legal costs & relationships forever. At a traditional firm you would just get 70min of time…

Big Law ReviewUS RateGLS CostMinutes
Partner$850$399904h 42m

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


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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