“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” – Steve Jobs
Global pharmaceutical company.
The legal function was on a mission to become more business relevant. However, they recognised that although procurement and supply agreements represented a small proportion of total legal risk, their high volume consumed a disproportionate amount of in-house resources. To create more value the legal team had to ‘unclog the arteries’ while making sure the business received legal assurance – without blowing the budget on externals.
After applying Lean Six-Sigma methodology and document automation technology to the contracting process, Plexus dedicated one of our lawyers to perform this work on a ‘Virtual Insourced’ basis.
After gaining First Class Honours in Commerce and Law our lawyer worked for Ashurst before moving in-house to one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and FMCG companies.
Through refocusing the in-house team on its core advisory role the team ‘climbed out of the weeds’. Further, our solution blended the ‘business proximity’ advantage of an in-house team with the ‘fire and forget’ benefit of a law firm, all delivered for less than the total cost of performing this work internally. The client often says, “You guys make my life easier.” We like that.