LegalTech Soapbox: Briefbox.
We know that finding the right technology for your department with the plethora of tech tools out there can be confusing and difficult. Don't fret as we are introducing a brand new series called the 'LegalTech SoapBox' where we put the spotlight on #LegalTech vendors that we think could benefit the legal fraternity and the broader network.
Kicking off this series is BriefBox, a cloud-based software solution for General Counsels, their internal clients and external advisors – it’s a connected enterprise legal services platform. Let's hear the story behind BriefBox from co-founder, Rohan Bartlett.
1. Hi Rohan, tell us the story behind BriefBox.
The founders of BriefBox are in-house lawyers who were constantly being asked to use multiple different point-solution tools, and ones that clearly were not developed by lawyers. There was a growing focus within the legal industry on the possibilities of deploying tech, and budgets to match. But the offerings were fragmented and not targeted to the day-to-day pain points of in-house lawyers. BriefBox was born out of this frustration, having been built by lawyers for lawyers and acting as a “one-stop” legal platform as a service.
2. What are the services or products that BriefBox provides?
BriefBox offers over 80 high utility features out of the box, with more in development and the ability to work with third party solutions. The platform helps legal departments source, brief, engage and work with outside counsel. For team management, it offers a suite of collaboration tools, including real-time workflow and project dashboards, time tracking, event and announcement forums, and training and development features. And for internal clients, BriefBox offers business facing portals for self-service and workflow requests.
3. How does the BriefBox optimise the daily operations of an in-house legal team?
For remote teams, BriefBox allows lawyers to stay connected with their colleagues, internal clients and external counsel. The platform enables legal team managers to better manage their team portfolios, being able to assign and track legal support requests, monitor deal and project updates, address client support escalations in real-time and assign and track learning pathways for developing lawyers. Outside counsel spend can be managed down, with market competitive briefing functionality and the ability to properly enforce panel firm arrangements. And with real-time dashboards across all feature-sets, data driven decision making can become the norm.
4. What do you believe will be the most significant change in how in-house legal teams use technology in the next 10 years?
The pandemic has shown that remote working is possible, and in many instances preferable. In-house legal teams will need permanent tools in place to enable their remote teams to stay connected and get the job done. The legal industry will continue to move away from fragmented point-solution offerings, and demand integrated platform offerings. And with that will come the opportunity for third party “app-store” like experiences, with discreet niche offerings being available from within the chosen platform, without the need for cumbersome implementation
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