5 Workflow Automations to Put Your Legal Compliance on Autopilot and Reclaim Your Time

5 Workflow Automations to Put Your Legal Compliance on Autopilot and Reclaim Your Time

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Cedrick Cabaluna
Updated on
July 16, 2024
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The Power of Automation in Legal Compliance

Legal compliance is more than just ticking boxes; it's about maintaining the core integrity and trust that defines your practice. Keeping up with the ever-evolving regulations can feel like an endless marathon. But here's the thing—automation is transforming this space, making compliance less about anxiously monitoring government gazettes for new regulatory updates and more about proactive management. By integrating automated workflows, you can shift your focus from administrative burdens to delivering top-notch legal services. Here’s how:

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Transform Your Legal Compliance With These Essential Workflow Automations

1. Automated Regulatory Adherence as Your Sentinel

Think of an automated system as your vigilant sentinel, tirelessly monitoring regulatory changes and updating your compliance measures without needing manual input. This not only minimises the risk of falling out of compliance but also frees up valuable time. Automation ensures your firm is always in line with the latest regulations, allowing you to focus on higher-value tasks. De minimis non curat lex. The law does not concern itself with trifles, and neither should you.

With automated workflows handling the regulatory landscape, you can rest assured that every new law and policy is seamlessly integrated into your adherence framework. This means no more scrambling to update your practices at the last minute. With automation, you can have peace of mind knowing your firm is always compliant.

2. Automated Risk Management, Turning Challenges into Opportunities

In the legal world, risk management is a tightrope walk, a constant balancing act between vigilance and progress. Automated workflows act as a safety net, catching potential compliance risks before they send you tumbling.  Utilising advanced algorithms, these systems flag issues and suggest corrective measures, turning compliance hurdles into stepping stones for growth and innovation.

By automating risk management, you not only stay ahead of the curve, but you redefine it. Compliance becomes less of a chore and more of a compass, guiding your firm in the right direction.

3. Automated Integration with Compliance Software

To fully benefit from automated workflows, it is important that your compliance software integrates seamlessly with your existing systems. Technology must work cohesively with your current setup, especially when managing regulatory compliance. Without this integration, you might find yourself manually transferring data between platforms, which defeats the purpose of automation. With that in mind, here are some key integrations to consider implementing:

  • Human Resources (HR) Technology. Integrating with HR systems ensures that employee records, training certifications, and other relevant compliance data are current and easily accessible.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems. Connecting your CRM with compliance software allows for the automatic tracking of client interactions and ensures adherence to client-related regulations.
  • Financial Management Systems. Linking expense and order management platforms helps maintain compliance in financial transactions, reducing risks of errors and non-compliance.
  • Deal-Making Technology. Ensuring integration here keeps regulatory adherence during deal processes, ensuring all transactions are properly documented and compliant.

By ensuring these integrations, you avoid the inefficiencies and potential errors associated with manually transferring data between platforms. Your compliance software should act as a central hub, harmonising data from various systems and providing a comprehensive view of your compliance landscape. This approach not only improves operations but also enhances the reliability and accuracy of your compliance efforts​.

4. Automated Policy Enforcement is Precision in Action

Compliance policies within organisations bridge the gap between internal conduct and external legal expectations. They establish clear parameters for behaviour and operations, crucial for sectors ranging from finance to healthcare, where adherence to external laws and internal guidelines is critical for operational integrity and risk management.

  • Purpose and Scope. Compliance policies explain their goals, why they are necessary, and what they cover. This section makes it clear to everyone why these rules matter and how they relate to different roles within the company. For example, IT departments might include rules about data protection, while a manufacturing departments could focus on workplace safety.
  • Automating Policy Enforcement. Automated workflows help enforce these policies by ensuring each step is done correctly and consistently. This reduces human errors and makes sure everyone is following the same process. This method is particularly effective in complex areas such as anti-money laundering measures, where precise alignment with both national and international regulations is critical.
  • Ensuring High Standards with Automation. Automated systems handle various aspects of compliance, from routine checks to meeting detailed legal requirements. For instance, in healthcare, automated workflows ensure compliance with patient privacy laws, which helps reduce liability and build trust with patients.

Automation also includes training employees on new regulations, regular updates, and ongoing monitoring. This helps create a culture of compliance within the organisation, where everyone understands their role in maintaining integrity. By incorporating automated workflows, organisations can move from a reactive approach to a proactive strategy.

5. Automated Compliance Audits: Stress-Free Reviews

Think of audits as routine health check-ups for your firm, ensuring all operations follow laws and internal policies. However, they can be daunting due to their complexity and the time they consume.

Why Compliance Audits Are Challenging:

  • Extensive Documentation. Audits require gathering a large amount of detailed documentation, proving every aspect of compliance​.
  • Thorough Examination. Auditors review every detail of operations, verifying accuracy and compliance with standards​​.
  • Cross-Department Coordination. Preparing for audits often involves multiple departments, which can be time-consuming and complex​​.
  • Continuous Monitoring. Maintaining up-to-date compliance records is an ongoing effort, adding to the workload​​.

Automated workflows streamline this process by systematically organising and preparing all necessary documentation. Here is how automation simplifies compliance audits:

  • Systematic Documentation. Automated systems keep detailed records of all compliance-related activities, reducing the need for manual documentation. This includes policies, training records, and implementation details, all stored in a centralised system.
  • Coordination and Integration. Automated workflows integrate various departmental systems, ensuring seamless coordination and data sharing. This integration simplifies the process of gathering information from different departments, making it more efficient and less time-consuming.
  • Proactive Management. With automated systems, organisations can conduct regular internal audits to identify and address compliance issues before they escalate. This proactive approach reduces the workload during formal audits and ensures ongoing compliance.

Embrace Automation with Lexagle

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We are not just another software company; we are a crew of lawyers and tech wizards who have lived the contract struggle. We are talking about missed deadlines, endless emails, and that sinking feeling when you cannot find the right document.

That's why we built Lexagle—to automate the boring stuff, streamline your workflow, and give you back your sanity.  Think of us as your personal contract concierge, handling everything from alerts and reminders to tracking and reporting.

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5 Workflow Automations to Put Your Legal Compliance on Autopilot and Reclaim Your Time
Author
Cedrick Cabaluna
Cedrick is the Marketing Specialist at Lexagle. As a published law journal author, international mooter, and certified legal apprentice, he combines his legal expertise and passion for communication in creating content that resonates with businesses. His background in trademarks, startups, arbitration, and digital transformation helps him simplify complex concepts into practical insights. Enthusiastic about contract management and legtech, he enjoys assisting firms in workflow optimisation.

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