Us versus them! This often seems to be the attitude of an organization’s legal department vis-à-vis its internal clients, and vice versa. As Ken Adams puts it:
“lawyers consider business people to be loose cannons willing to sell their first-born to close a deal, whereas business people regard lawyers to be “overhead” always eager to find obstacles so as to remind their masters why they were hired in the first place.”
To close a deal, the business people need a signed contract. Historically, this has required them to wait for legal to draft and/or review each agreement to ensure that it is compliant. The problems with this approach are:
One option is for legal to automate their standard contract templates, and provide the business people with a pre-approved self-service contract creation system.