How to create a positive spend culture for your legal department through digital transformation
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Creating a digital, legal workplace is now essential for modern legal departments. Legal leaders need to balance remote and collaborative work with increasing their legal team’s effectiveness and, crucially, deliver cost savings. Data from Thomson Reuters highlights that controlling outside counsel costs and using technology to simplify workflows are high on the list of priorities for legal departments.

Spend and matter management technology doesn’t just help you negotiate a better hourly rate or create a panel of approved firms. When implemented properly, the right solution can foster a positive spend culture across your whole legal function. It’s about aligning your business goals, implementing the right solutions to make informed decisions and generating better value through innovation.

Successful digital transformation isn’t all down to the technology – your department’s culture is also important. To ensure successful adoption and implementation of technology, legal departments must build a global culture that facilitates change and ensure best practice processes are in place to help their teams adapt. For teams rolling out new technology across multiple locations, this is crucial.

Key takeaways include:  
  • How your legal department can succeed in its digital transformation journey
  • How agile spend management technology can help your team foster a goal-oriented culture

Arran Braganza, Founder, CEO, Jalubro
Arran Braganza, Founder and CEO of Jalubro Consulting, is an entrepreneurial legal technology and change professional with over two decades of diverse experience transforming legal operations across Europe, North America and Asia. Passionate about digital technologies, particularly those disrupting the legal sector, Arran works with corporate legal departments and law firms to create and implement strategies and solutions that improve operational efficiency, drive productivity and increase profitability. Jalubro Consulting combines extensive industry expertise and technical know-how to provide an innovative blend of services and solutions that solve the unique challenges faced by today’s legal operations teams. 
Markus Warmholz, Head of Legal (Commercial Law), Hartmann Group
With over 10 years’ experience as a legal professional in-house and in private practice, Markus brings diverse insight.  In a variety of roles, Markus has experience assessing business models and leading legal aspects of M&A projects, to contract drafting and business set up advice for major US and European clients. As Head of Legal (Commercial Law) at Hartmann Group, Markus advises on a broad variety of legal matters, leads contract negotiations and supports business decisions of affiliates and business units in around the world. Markus has an in-depth knowledge of the international commercial and legal markets and a strong understanding of how legal can define a company’s future. Markus is also a passionate digital and social media evangelist eager to promote cutting edge technological and management innovations that are not only performance driven, but ethically sound and sustainable.
Patricia León Elías, Proposition Manager, Corporates Europe, Thomson Reuters
In her role as Proposition Manager, Patricia Leon Elias is responsible for the value proposition for Thomson Reuters’ Legal and Compliance products in Europe. Patricia joined the team at the beginning of 2020 with a focus on bringing a customer-obsessed mindset, anticipating market needs, and responding to customers' challenges through our solutions. During her time at Thomson Reuters, she has held multiple roles among the Proposition and Sales functions. Patricia holds two B.A. from UP Comillas ICADE-ICAI in Madrid.

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