The “3 pieces of advice” series is a collection of brief 5-minute slots created as a platform for legal professionals to share work and life advice with their peers.

In this latest video, 3Kites consultants Paul Longhurst and Giles Pemberton share their top tips for procuring a contract management and legal ops software: “Sometimes it can feel rather overwhelming when you consider the amount of information you receive from legal software providers; they all claim to have the answers to your problems”.

About the authors:

Paul Longhurst, Consultant, 3Kites
Paul spent his first fifteen years in the legal IT sector initially as a systems programmer for Allen & Overy and then with Herbert Smith where he built a team of 20 individuals which implemented document management, knowledge management, CRM, a number of Outlook-based desktops amongst others.  He then created a Business Integration team to help the firm align IT more closely with the business it served. He founded 3Kites in June of 2006.  His objectives were two-fold: to build long term relationships with clients that were based on trust and delivering results and have the flexibility to spend time with a young family.   He initially specialised in document-based projects but has broadened his skills and experience with 3Kites to the point where I am able to guide firms on practice management, case and matter management, process and strategy.

Giles Pemberton, Consultant, 3Kites
After a stint as a lawyer at a Magic Circle firm, Giles moved in house in the mid 1990s and has spent over 25 years practising law in the corporate legal environment, including ten years with as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Compliance at Cable & Wireless and ten years as General Counsel and Company Secretary at easyJet.
Having juggled the responsibilities of optimising a legal function while contributing to executive team management duties, Giles is very aware of the challenges facing today’s GCs and their teams.  As legal technology develops rapidly, busy lawyers can’t afford to overlook the increasing efficiency and cost benefits it can bring to in-house teams.