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Picture this: It's Friday evening.

While your colleagues are winding down, you're buried under a mountain of contracts.

But something doesn’t feel right. It's not just the workload; it's the nagging feeling that you're stuck in a loop, doing the same thing over and over again. Instead of strategizing, innovating, and leading, you're trapped in manual contract management.

It's time to face it: this is not what you went to law school for. This is not helping you do your best work. How long will you let it continue?

Unmasking contract chaos: What the data reveals

We get it. 

As lawyers, skepticism runs in your veins. 

But the crisis we’re talking about isn’t fiction, it’s a widespread fact, backed by research. The findings? A clear picture of the chaos that’s dragging lawyers down:

  • 87% law department leaders confirmed that they spend too much time on low-complexity, repetitive and routine contracting tasks
  • 99% of in-house legal departments reported that they do not have the data and technology they need to optimize contracting processes
  • 76% of in-house legal departments say they find it challenging to manage current workloads

The worst part? Implications of this extend beyond immediate stress and inefficiency—it subtly undermines your trajectory as an in-house legal professional.

The silent career killer

Amidst the contract chaos, your career growth takes a backseat.

Instead of being a strategic powerhouse, you are relegated to mind-numbing contract work. This not only stifles innovation but also paints you as a mere "blocker" or "paper-pusher" in the eyes of the organization. Especially the sales team, whose deals often end up getting stuck in legal for days, resulting in missed quotas.

The fallout? Your business peers start whispering:

  • “Legal is just a blocker”
  • “Legal is slow”
  • “Legal sucks”

How likely are you to get a promotion when this is what key business executives think about you and your department? 

​​“GCs need to earn the credibility of the business leaders so that the business stays compliant, and so Legal doesn’t get dismissed as ‘the department of no.’”

~ Gitanjali Pinto Faleiro, GC, Company Secretary & CCO at Greenhill & Co.
Navigating the C-Suite as a GC

There’s a way out: The blueprint to crush contract chaos

“When you’re spending multiple hours a day on redundant tasks, small improvements to that process can yield tremendous results. The contract management tool helped our legal team work more efficiently, and helped the sales team see what we were doing to enable them. We also got the bandwidth we needed to prioritize strategic thinking.”

~ Ryan Nier, General Counsel, Pinwheel
Putting Legal on the Map in a Hypergrowth Startup

Imagine if those hours spent on contract management could be reduced to mere minutes. 

With the advancement in legal technology over the last few years, this isn't a distant dream; it's a tangible reality. Here’s how you can break free from the drudgery:

  • Embrace automation: The first step to reclaiming your time and expertise is to automate repetitive tasks. AI tools (like VerifAI) now exist that can review contracts, highlight potential pitfalls, and even suggest amendments—all in a fraction of the time it would take manually
  • Centralize your processes: No more juggling between folders, emails, and spreadsheets. Modern contract lifecycle management (CLM) platforms like SpotDraft offer a centralized hub where contracts are stored, negotiations are tracked, and approvals are managed seamlessly
  • Collaborate effortlessly: With cloud-based platforms, collaboration becomes a breeze. Legal teams can work in tandem with business units, ensuring that contracts align with both legal requirements and business objectives
  • Stay ahead with analytics: Knowledge is power. With advanced analytics, you can gain insights into contract performance, compliance levels, and even forecast potential legal risks.
“Although a CLM solution might seem costly in the early stages, companies should have it in place and build workflows within the tool to process contracts better. By doing so, they can keep legal costs low in the growth stages and close deals faster. Moreover, they will have clear visibility into the contract pipeline and use their legal resources to optimise workflows better for yielding maximum results.”

~ Igor Poroger, Director of Legal, EMEA, Vectra AI
How CLMs Empower Legal Teams in B2B SaaS Companies

Remember, every tool you adopt not only streamlines your processes but also repositions you as a strategic partner in your organization.

It's not just about doing more with less; it's about doing it smarter, faster, and more efficiently. It’s time to take the leap, and see how technology can help you build a more fulfilling career.

Also read: Redefining the General Counsel Role: Beyond Daily Legal Tasks

Legal careers 2.0: The rise of the tech-savvy lawyer

The role of in-house legal professionals is evolving.

Reactive crisis management is giving way to proactive strategic planning. The modern lawyer isn't just legally proficient; they're tech-savvy.

To me, AI is the next internet. AI is going to move rapidly in a direction where it will help a lot of us make processes more efficient. If you're not using it, you're falling behind.” 

~ Celaena Powder, VP of Legal, Seismic
From Security to Sales: Building Cross-functional Bridges

Those equipped with these tools are poised to lead the charge, shaping the future of the legal industry.

Embrace the future or get left behind

The choice is clear: Every moment spent in contract chaos is a missed opportunity for growth, innovation, and impact. It's time to break free.

Are you ready to explore what technology has to offer?

Find out how our contract management platform can revolutionize your daily operations. Don't just take our word for it—book a demo and witness the transformation yourself.

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