Kieran Flatt talks to Virgin's legal director Helena Samaha about how the new group-wide extranet has raised the levels of communication between the disparate members of the company
IT initiatives driven by clients’ in-house legal departments were once as rare as the mythical unicorn, but the past two years have seen a sharp turnaround with many corporate counsel expressing a stronger interest in the benefits of specialist IT applications and collaboration technologies. What’s more, there now appears to be a healthy number of initiatives underway to streamline the processes of a corporation’s legal function or to help lawyers more effectively benchmark and monitor the private practice firms that they instruct.
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