In-House Legal technology: an overview.
The breadth and variety of technologies available to in-house legal departments has greatly expanded in the past 10 years.
In the mid-90s, most legal department had few options:
- Use technologies made available to them “as is” by Corporate IT, many of which did not quite fit the requirements of the Legal team
- Use technologies developed for Law firms or private practices, which were also not always fit for purpose
- Build their own systems and solutions, often Lotus Notes or Access databases which had obvious limitations and issues.
Fast forward 15 years and the choice is mind-boggling. There are Software, Applications and Solutions for all shapes and shades of Legal departments and a whole ecosystem, an industry of vendors and suppliers available to supporting the requirements of In-House Legal functions.