No law firm can.
No legal department can.  
No technology solution can.

So now what?
Give up?
No.
Think again.
Re-think the way legal services are delivered.

Welcome to the Un-Firm of the Future.

 
 
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
— Adlai E. Stevenson
 

What is the Factor Four Challenge?

Our societies are getting larger and more complex. Companies' risks grow exponentially. So their need for legal services will continue to rise fast.  And yet their costs must be contained or they eat up hard-earned profits.

Companies know that they need to do more in the way they procure legal services.  Hiring even more in-house lawyers or demanding more discounts from law firms doesn't produce the efficiency gains that are necessary in the future.

We all have a hunch that the legal services can be delivered much more efficiently. The right mix of people, processes and technologies can make a massive difference.  How much?  Let's say by 400% - by the Factor Four.  It has been done in many other areas*, so why not in legal services?  

Such a shift enables a company to receive twice the legal services at half the cost.  That creates much room for growth and better legal coverage while improving profits, too.  

That's the challenge.  Let's meet it.

 

* Factor Four is borrowed from the 1995 Report to the Club Rome titled "Factor Four - Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use" which highlighted many examples of emerging practices, solutions and technologies that were four or more times more efficient. Many of them have since become commonplace.

What is the Un-Firm of the Future?

To meet the challenge, a different concept for the delivery of legal services is required.  Law firms and legal departments need to remove the grindstones that hold back efficiency improvements.

The Un-Firm of the Future delivers the legal services currently provided by both in-house counsel and outside advisers.  It guarantees their quality as well as the cost reductions.  It restructures the status quo by getting the right legal professionals to use better processes and technology solutions.  No stone is left unturned.

For each company, the solution is different.  To deliver the legal services, the Un-Firm of the Future incorporates the value-add of all necessary providers including legal tech companies, law firms and individual lawyers, LPO's and temp lawyer agencies.

Law firms and legal departments bring in the Un-Firm of the Future to manage the transformation that enables these substantial efficiency gains*.  The tools to deliver twice the legal services at half the cost are here. When will you pick them up?

The time for the Un-Firm of the Future has come.

 

* The Un-Firm of the Future pursues a fundamentally different approach to delivering professional services which any organization can embrace and benefit from. It builds on the title and ideas of the 2003 book "The Firm of the Future" that first highlighted the consequences of such an approach.