In-house legal department metrics

Where to start with data and reporting.
In-house legal department metrics on Lawvu legal operations software.

How can metrics be used to understand and expand your impact, and support decisions?

The typical lawyer displays mastery in the use of words. But when it comes to numbers, lawyers often feel out of their comfort zone. As a general rule, legal departments have been historically poor at quantifying performance.

Most business functions, including other internal corporate support services, have a long track record of using numbers to report past performance, predict future needs, justify the capital expenditure, report risk and so on.

So why haven’t legal departments been having the same conversations?

You’ll find some great material below about legal department metrics generally:

The what, when and how of legal department metrics.

Every day, legal departments make decisions. Decisions are made about resourcing, spending legal budget, training staff, engaging with clients, planning for risk events and so on. Many of these decisions are made based on judgement, experience, intuition or qualitative information. Often the basis for this type of decision making is essentially ‘gut feel’.

Applying metrics to analyse options reduces the uncertainty about decisions ordinarily made through gut feel. And so, we contend that all of these decisions will be made better with quantitative information.


A dashboard is personal to your legal department.

Metrics for the sake of metrics are a waste of time.
They must support a decision.
To support a decision, metrics must be presented in a compelling and user-friendly way.
And that is why we use dashboards.

To understand how to start gathering metrics and surfacing them in a meaningful way, watch this webinar about data-driven legal operations strategies.


The journey to becoming a data-informed legal team.

Join Tim Boyne in this 5 part series as he takes you through the steps of using data to shape the conversations your legal team has with the rest of the business.

You'll look at using common, data-informed language, so everyone in the business is on the same page, and examine how to use data in the narrative to show your legal team’s value and justify its existence.


Metrics for in-house lawyers: how to use data to your advantage and where to start.

Join award winning General Counsel Katie Bhreatnach from Airways, and legal tech visionary Tim Boyne from LawVu for this one of a kind online session about metrics for in-house lawyers.
Lawvu in house legal operations insights - analytics & reporting

LawVu Insights

Learn more about LawVu's analytics and reporting module for in-house legal teams.

Legal department metric: Understanding and expanding your impact whitepaper from PWC

Measuring what matters

Download 'A guide to metrics for the in-house legal department'