Creating new legal service delivery systems for a complex world
Jeffrey Carr, Vice President and General Counsel, FMC Technologies, USA
The FMC Technologies legal team is relentless in trying to find new and better ways to deliver legal services to our customers ie the FMC Technologies business units. Key tenets of the team's approach are to focus on three core functions: acting as the trusted strategic advisor to the business, managing risks and protecting assets while maintaining the company's ethical compass, and delivering cost-effective legal services appropriate to the business. This is done by looking at strategic alignment of services with objectives, value rather than just cost savings, proactive practices, and continuous improvement. These value-adding initiatives implemented by the legal team have substantially changed the way the legal team works and have delivered good results, including winning more cases, reducing case cycle time, reducing total dispute resolution costs, reducing IP cost, driving more consistency, and streamlining processed.
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