Monday, 23 April 2018

Corporate litigations and traditional method of tackling legal matters!

In our last blog we tried to comprehend what litigation or legal matter is and what are the steps involved in litigation management. I hope the blog would have been useful to create a blueprint of legal case management in your mind! It’s time to take a step forward and understand how organisations are tackling their legal matters.

Before going further, I would recall one understanding from our previous blog and that is: Litigation is a very complex process and a lot of tangible and non tangible assets are on stake when a law suit is going on!  Keeping the above statement in mind, let us move on to see how an organisation structures its legal team. In majority of the organisations, there is a central legal team that reports directly to the management and controls all the divisional and regional team of counsels.  

                                                           Figure 1: Structure of legal team

Figure 2: Functionalities of regional team            Figure 3: Functionalities of central team

It is evident that the load on the central team is very much. It is difficult to cope up with dynamic changes in events related to case and then creating an effective communication with different regional teams at the same time. There are huge chances of missing on a deadline, missing on some useful information about the case and increase in expenditure. The teams at the centre generally compile the case information manually and there is a huge potential of some human error that may occur and jeopardize the situation.

Other issue that pops up is the availability of regional teams at right place and at right time. It is very important that teams at different branches are available and that too loaded with all information else there can be data loss. Time plays a significant role in any legal matter and local teams need to get all the approvals and plans before the date of hearing. If it is not done then the organisation might be in loss on the day of hearing which may ultimately lead to damage to the reputation and loss in the business.

 After going through the above blog you might have got an idea of how an organisation manages its litigation and the structure it follows for its legal team. You might have also got a gist of what challenges an organisation faces while doing legal case management. The challenges mentioned over here are just the tip of an iceberg that you are able to see, there is a huge block under the sea which we would be discussing in our next blog! Till then, if you want to have better understanding of how companies perform legal case and notice management, I would suggest you to go through our product, LEX MANTRAA web based and role based litigation management software.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Litigation – An extremely complex process with a very simple definition!

Litigation management or legal matters management is a term that is doing rounds in the business arena for some while now. With the increase in consumer awareness and availability of knowledge in public domain, industries are focusing highly on legal matters to make sure that the company does not fall into any legality which may cause damage to the company’s reputation and ultimately leading to decrease in profitability of the business. This also leads to compromised focus on business expansions & development. To help you understand the nuances of corporate litigations, we present  you a blog series that would take you through the corporate litigations, the challenges that you might face in case management, how a legal workflow management software may be a solution to the problems and what are the important functionalities that are must for a legal management system. But before going into the deep let’s first understand what litigation is.

To define litigation, we can say that litigation is the process of taking a legal action. Synonyms of the word litigations are legal proceedings, legal actions, lawsuits, legal disputes, legal cases, legal contests, judicial proceedings, and legal processes, prosecution of charges, indictments and trials. Right from notice management  to trying to settling the dispute outside the courts to expense management to legal data management to managing ongoing litigations to legal date management, all fall under purview of litigations.

To start with, let us understand what a notice is and why is it so important. Notice is a formal way of informing a person or a party that they have not acted in accordance to what was expected by them and you intend to take a legal action against them. It is a kind of warning that is given to the person before initiating a legal action. One needs to reply or react to the notice received within the given deadline. If the party doesn’t reacts on-time then the issuer of notice can file a case in court of law. Generally parties prefer settling the issue outside the court and notice is the stage where it is usually done. 

So we can understand the level of importance notice management has for a party. To summarise:
  • Deadlines needs to be handled with utmost attention so as to not to get into legalities.
  • Settling up of matters outside the courts is done in here.
  •  It helps in avoiding unnecessary law suits thus helping control a lot of time and money.

After notice, come the cases. If the party who has received the notice doesn’t reacts to it on time then the issuer files a lawsuit and this lawsuit is known as a case. Ongoing lawsuits are very critical and it needs to be handled properly. There are quite a few steps that are taken while managing cases.
  • It starts with retrieving data related to the case
  •  It also requires to contact the people who were involved directly or indirectly in the case
  • Once all the data is assembled, then one has to decide the counsel of advocates who are going to represent us in the court
  • After selection of advocates, strategy is to be determined which might be decided on the basis of case information , or some previous case handled on similar lines or may be by using other information
  • There is a need of calendaring the hearing dates and tracking of time
  • Another important aspect in case management is making sure that performance of advocates are being monitored
  •  And finally expenses done for the legal case management needs to be monitored and controlled
  • Closure of case - to analyse whether the same is in favour or against us
  • Taking subsequent actions
  • Understanding & strategising between the desired output versus the cost of time & money put in a legal matter

I hope after reading the above blog, you have got a bit of clarity about what litigation management is , what notice management is and what case management is. But that’s not just what you need to understand. There is an enormous amount of information that is coming up in the subsequent blogs. Till then, if you want to have a good time understanding how a litigation works then I would suggest you to go through our product, LEX MANTRAA web based and role based litigation management software.

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 + 91 9599593398

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