There is a new approach to buying legal services and the new way forward is the mission

of the Buying Legal® Council.



Legal Procurement is often referred to as “the last frontier” for procurement as legal services used to be excused from in-depth cost analyses and professional management exercised in all other parts of the organization.Today, legal is no longer exempt: best practices for buying legal services are applied.

In organizations with very large legal spend, procurement now works with the in-house counsel and legal operations and supports them with strategic sourcing and supplier management. Given the complexity of the category and the relative newness of the topic, even seasoned procurement professionals need the right tools and information to get up to speed and quickly become successful and productive in the legal category.

In organizations where overall legal spend is not large enough to necessitate bringing legal procurement specialists, in-house counsel and legal operations professionals are advised to use procurement best practices for buying legal services. 


How you handle the first 90+ days in the legal category will be crucial for your success as it sets the tone for building the necessary trust with your colleagues as well as the providers of legal services.

The Buying Legal® Council will be your most critical companion and help you get started, build better relationships and learn how to earn your colleagues' trust, ensure that you become indispensable, are able to drive change and impact, get more value and better service from the law firms and legal services providers etc.

Follow our nine steps to a successful start in legal procurement. Here are the first three:

  1. Learn about legal procurement and legal operations
  2. Download the Guide to Legal Spend Management
  3. Become a member and log in to access all Onboarding materials in our Toolbox. Benefit also from the many primers, cheat sheets, templates, videos, podcasts etc. and take the next six steps in your legal procurement Onboarding process!