January 2, 2019
In June 2018, Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) launched a new service that pulls together all of its key technology and business expertise, which are becoming increasingly essential to clients alongside its traditional legal advice.
The expertise includes support for high-volume projects such as document review; project and risk management of legal work; automation and process design; managing knowledge and information; and flexible resourcing.
WBD Advance delivers these services through a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 people focused on developing new ways of working for clients – this includes lawyers, project managers, technologists, data analysts, knowledge managers and operations professionals.
Commenting on the launch, WBD’s head of innovation, Nigel Emmerson, says: “Our clients’ needs are changing. As well as traditional legal advice, they also often want our help to design high-quality, cost-effective processes to resolve wider, complex business issues. WBD Advance aligns with our business goals as we look to provide our clients with the most efficient and best possible solutions for their business needs. We believe innovation comes from the ability to see things from a different perspective and that’s how WBD Advance was born.”
Andy Layton joined the firm two years ago as operations director. He leads on the application of technology, legal project management and efficiency methodology, and provides valuable solutions to resolve complex client issues.
He comments: “Clients have complex issues to deal with – and doing the right work to find solutions is critical.
“We can provide a lot of help with WBD Advance but want to be sure that we are targeting the areas that are of most significance to our clients. We have developed a diagnostic tool – the Legal Heat Map – which allows us to identify client priorities. WBD Advance provides innovative support to clients in a totally different way to traditional legal services.”
The five main services offered through WBD Advance in the UK are:
Support for high-volume projects
Delivered through the dedicated paralegal resource. This is an established service providing support on e-disclosure, high-volume commercial disputes or real estate matters, and more recently GDPR-related contract review and remediation.
Project planning and management to support clients with delivering complex work on time, to budget and to a high standard using tried and tested, best practice project and risk management approaches and tools.
Legal process design and improvement for clients with large operations. The team will advise on the data flows needed to complete complex work and projects ensuring that the right technology is being leveraged. Good process is central to reducing waste, increasing value and managing risk.
Helping clients to stay up to date and compliant with the law, to devise, manage and deliver bespoke knowledge management products and also to provide management information in interactive formats, perform data analysis and provide a Key Client Co-ordination service.
GCSolutions flexible resourcing
Providing seconded lawyers for clients to increase in-house capacity or cover gaps when needed. GCSolutions will offer affordable, scalable services staffed by highly-qualified lawyers.
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