Australian in-house lawyers are busier thanks to playing a wider role in their organization and the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the time, budget and understanding to adopt legal technology tools that could help them, a survey of Australia corporate counsel has found.

The 2021 In-House Counsel Trends report by the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia states that the role of in-house counsel is becoming more complex, as the function continues to shift from a traditional subject matter expert, in the direction of a trusted advisor and influencer to the broader business.