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In-house legal departments have become an attractive target to legal tech companies as they look for ways to improve efficiency. And by turning to technology, corporate legal departments may be fundamentally altering the power balance between them and their outside counsel.

“It just feels like the early stages of something, where in-house teams are really stepping up and doing some really interesting things and really looking at technology and process improvement and efficiency in a very interesting way,” said Rob MacAdam, director of legal solutions at HighQ. The legal tech solutions provider has recently built an extension onto its existing platform featuring a suite of tools geared specifically towards corporate legal teams.

So why are in-house departments suddenly looking to invest in legal tech? The better question might be why not sooner. Even within an industry that has notoriously reluctant to adapt to new technologies, corporate legal teams might still be a step out of touch. Put another way, when new solutions do hit the marketplace, a company’s first thought isn’t always its legal department.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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