The Work Allocation Process Is Getting Disrupted at Law Firms

New age firms require reliable and centralized utilization data, and demand tools for better capacity planning and equitable work distribution.

Why the traditional staffing process
doesn’t suit modern law firms anymore?

1
Inefficient &
time-consuming processes
Legal project management needs accurate data on lawyers’ availability and experiences. However, this information is often not accessible, or scattered across multiple systems and spreadsheets.
2
Over- and under-utilization
among associates
Firms don’t have visibility into associates’ availability and workload, and as a result, many associates are getting too much work and are at risk of burnout, while some others are underutilized and may leave for better opportunities.
3
Risk of losing associates
due to unmet work quality standards
Law firms want to make sure their talents are getting quality, diverse work that suits their interests. Forward-thinking firms want to use better staffing as a lever to attract and retain associates.
4
The influence of
human biases
When a partner chooses an associate for a matter, their skills are important, but so is their proximity and their relationship with that partner. Allocating work in the traditional way risks conscious and unconscious biases that lead to unfair work distribution.
5
Uneven utilization & workload
among offices and practice groups
Law firms have realized that they can increase firm-wide utilization and revenue by sharing resources among offices and legal practice groups. A manual, office-centric system no longer fits the bill because partners and resource managers need access to attorney data across the firm.

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Save time & improve accuracy in your staffing process

  • A one-stop shop for all staffing data, including associate availability, utilization, demographics, interests, skills, and experience level.
  • Add a staffing request and find qualified, available associates in just a few clicks.
  • Take the guesswork out of your staffing decisions.

Gain real-time visibility into your attorney’s workload & utilization

  • Ensure that every associate is working at capacity and is not over- or under-utilized.
  • Reduce the risk of burnout, attrition, and underdevelopment of associates.

Give associates the right quantity, quality, and variety of work

  • Identify the aspirations and skills of your people and take them into account when making staffing decisions.
  • Attract and retain top talents by providing young associates with exposure to different kinds of work.

Give every attorney an equal opportunity to work and advance in their career

  • Minimize the risk of inequity in your firm's work distribution with a fair, objective, and merit-based system.
  • Assemble diverse teams for each case proving your diversity and inclusion commitments to your clients and employees.

Better utilize your firm’s resources with cross-office work allocation

  • Share talents among offices and practice groups to improve firm-wide utilization and revenue, and to level out the peaks and troughs in each office’s workloads.
  • Track how each associate, office, or practice group is being utilized at any given time.
  • Effortlessly manage cross-office collaborations by connecting data in a centralized solution.

Save time & improve accuracy in your staffing process

  • A one-stop shop for all staffing data, including associate availability, utilization, demographics, interests, skills, and experience level.
  • Add a staffing request and find qualified, available associates in just a few clicks.
  • Take the guesswork out of your staffing decisions.

Gain real-time visibility into your attorney’s workload & utilization

  • Ensure that every associate is working at capacity and is not over- or under-utilized.
  • Reduce the risk of burnout, attrition, and underdevelopment of associates.

Give associates the right quantity, quality, and variety of work

  • Identify the aspirations and skills of your people and take them into account when making staffing decisions.
  • Attract and retain top talents by providing young associates with exposure to different kinds of work.

Give every attorney an equal opportunity to work and advance in their career

  • Minimize the risk of inequity in your firm's work distribution with a fair, objective, and merit-based system.
  • Assemble diverse teams for each case proving your diversity and inclusion commitments to your clients and employees.

Better utilize your firm’s resources with cross-office work allocation

  • Share talents among offices and practice groups to improve firm-wide utilization and revenue, and to level out the peaks and troughs in each office’s workloads.
  • Track how each associate, office, or practice group is being utilized at any given time.
  • Effortlessly manage cross-office collaborations by connecting data in a centralized solution.

And get ready to unleash your people’s potential