Legito PowerUp 2023: Scaling Automation Project - From Implementation to Enterprise-wide Adoption

Legito PowerUp 2023 Scaling Automation Project - From Implementation to Enterprise-wide Adoption

  • Luigi is a founder of Legalsoftech and an associate professor at the University of Milan. Legalsoftech is an organisation created by a consortium of law firms to develop automation and IT services, including a spin-off from UniCredit Bank.
  • Luigi reminded us that change in law firms requires leadership decisions. Without leadership, lawyers can be reluctant to change.
  • Italian law firms are not large, so collaborating to deploy legal tech makes it easier to get the benefits of scale.
  • Luigi and his colleagues have built that scale – they are now processing about 50,000 documents per year.
  • The templates are deployed and supported by just four lawyers. The scale is even more impressive when you hear Luigi explain the emphasis on producing high quality content.
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  • Luigi is a founder of Legalsoftech and an associate professor at the University of Milan. Legalsoftech is an organisation created by a consortium of law firms to develop automation and IT services, including a spin-off from UniCredit Bank.
  • Luigi reminded us that change in law firms requires leadership decisions. Without leadership, lawyers can be reluctant to change.
  • Italian law firms are not large, so collaborating to deploy legal tech makes it easier to get the benefits of scale.
  • Luigi and his colleagues have built that scale – they are now processing about 50,000 documents per year.
  • The templates are deployed and supported by just four lawyers. The scale is even more impressive when you hear Luigi explain the emphasis on producing high quality content.
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  • Luigi’s commitment to quality content had a simple justification: if the layers don’t like it, they won’t adopt it. Content needs to right first time.
  • Conversely, because Legalsoftech take time to create good content, they get strong support, and the lawyers come to them with ideas on what they want to see next.
  • Legalsoftech run regular surveys to get candid and honest feedback on what’s working well, and what could be improved.
  • When they poll the users to find out what they like best, the results show the favourite benefits are:
    • Drafting speed
    • Drafting uniformity
    • Updated content
  • The data shows lawyers report time saving 50%-70% on document drafting when aided by automation.
  • Luigi’s commitment to quality content had a simple justification: if the layers don’t like it, they won’t adopt it. Content needs to right first time.
  • Conversely, because Legalsoftech take time to create good content, they get strong support, and the lawyers come to them with ideas on what they want to see next.
  • Legalsoftech run regular surveys to get candid and honest feedback on what’s working well, and what could be improved.
  • When they poll the users to find out what they like best, the results show the favourite benefits are:
    • Drafting speed
    • Drafting uniformity
    • Updated content
  • The data shows lawyers report time saving 50%-70% on document drafting when aided by automation.
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“Most of our people estimate that they reach a time saving between 50 – 70% using automation in drafting documents.”

Luigi Cominelli

Legal-Tech Specialist, UniCredit

  • There are challenges too: some lawyers can be reluctant to share their expertise, a problem long known in law firms promoting knowledge management. This is still a cultural challenge for many law firms.
  • In future, Luigi predicts, they want to encourage the emergence of a new type of legal professional: legal knowledge engineers and designers.
  • Their focus will be on more than just efficiency. It will be about creating content that is of the highest quality.
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  • There are challenges too: some lawyers can be reluctant to share their expertise, a problem long known in law firms promoting knowledge management. This is still a cultural challenge for many law firms.
  • In future, Luigi predicts, they want to encourage the emergence of a new type of legal professional: legal knowledge engineers and designers.
  • Their focus will be on more than just efficiency. It will be about creating content that is of the highest quality.
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