The VW GC and the efficiency drive

As we report in this week’s in-house interview, Jim Trainor steers a lean process-driven machine to ensure all five of Volkswagen Group UK’s brands are covered within the legal department’s £800,000 budget.

In order to achieve that level of efficiency, processes, contracts and precedents are templated and centrally held. Meanwhile, access to the legal team via an online portal is in development too.

Trainor devolved responsibility for the legal spend back to the brands, meaning that if Audi wants legal advice, Audi will have to find the money for it on its own balance sheet.

He is no less upfront with his external counsel. Eversheds and Shoosmiths both work on retainers, with any payment exceeding the agreed level having to be carefully justified.

That’s neat handling for you.

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