So wrote English lawyer David Allen Green in the Financial Times the other day to conclude his op-ed on how to cut legal costs:
“The best way for a business to manage legal costs is to be clear about what it wants from lawyers and to force them to be clear about what they offer ….
“… Technology can only help so much. To manage costs directly needs a change in attitude as well as new hardware or software ….
“Legal technology is not primitive magic. It can have a beneficial effect on legal costs only if the will is there. Precision, plainness and purpose are more important ….”
My goal for my readers and my clients is the same as Mr. Allen’s for his readers and clients: Clarity of thought on exactly what business owners and managers need from their lawyers — and specific guidance on how they can get it.
This English commercial lawyer urges business people to get control over their legal costs by getting clarity of thought about what they actually need from their attorneys. To make this point he underscores what’s unclear to most business clients about their lawyers.