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Latham & Watkins reinforces its “one-firm” ethos with global service delivery from Service Now

Establishes

KPI baselines

90%

reduction in open incident age

80%

decrease in open incidents

Latham & Watkins is one of the largest law firms in the world. The Now Platform® supports its growth and dedication to innovation and collaboration. The central self‑service portal provides global employees with a single location for business processes. Latham and Watkins continuously finds new ways to improve services using ServiceNow.

 

Latham & Watkins requires an agile support infrastructure to promote global collaboration
Renowned for its internationally recognized practices, work on landmarkmatters, and culture of teamwork, innovation, and entrepreneurialism, Latham & Watkins is proud of its “one-firm” culture. Since Latham’s founding in 1934, it has grown into one of the world’s leading law firms, with deep expertise across a number of transactional, regulatory, and litigation and trial practices.

A global company with no headquarters, Latham & Watkins’ management is located in offices around the world, a model designed to foster inclusive decision-making. A law firm of Latham & Watkins’ size and practice diversity requires an agile support infrastructure that operates seamlessly across the globe.

Latham & Watkins is committed to a comprehensive shared services strategy. By combining global and local presence with enterprise-wide automation, the firm has broken down the barriers of time and location, maximizing the value of its support resources in a rapidly evolving and growing business environment.

According to Latham & Watkins Director of Technology for Support Services Bror Andringa, “By leveraging local resources globally, we’re able to dramatically increase our capabilities and effectiveness. For example, we can offer our lawyers German language services from wherever we have German language skills, or give our London lawyers support in the middle of the night with our West Coast admin staff. And, because we’ve standardized and automated these support processes, everything happens seamlessly and consistently.”

ServiceNow helps Latham & Watkins deliver enterprise-wide service that supports its “follow-the-sun” model
The Now Platform is Latham & Watkins’ global enterprise service delivery platform. While the firm started out using ServiceNow in IT, it quickly expanded to a platform delivering services ranging from document services, financial information, and library reference requests to facilities and business development support. Staff can request the services through an intuitive self-service portal.

ServiceNow drives the fulfillment process, including routing work to the right team, obtaining approvals, tracking progress, escalating issues, and capturing key metrics, such as fulfillment costs for billing purposes. One example of the impact of ServiceNow can be found within the Latha & Watkins Firm Associate Support Team (FAST). Originally set up to ensure that all first-year attorneys had secretarial support, the program has rapidly gained momentum.

Rather than locating a secretary down the hall from a lawyer—which is neither practical nor scalable—lawyers can now submit support requests directly in ServiceNow, or send an email that is automatically converted into a ServiceNow admin support work order. ServiceNow automatically assigns the work to the appropriate person based on key characteristics—typically within five minutes—so that secretaries can start working on the request, even if they are on a different floor or in another city.

This model has been expanded beyond the FAST team and has dramatically increased secretarial utilization, with each secretary supporting up to three times the number of lawyers they did before. And, this virtual approach delivers better coverage and service hours for lawyers, using a follow-the-sun model to deliver after-hours support.

With ServiceNow, HR optimizes training and skills alignment while IT drives continuous service improvements
According to Sheila Stanton, Global HR Senior Manager, Latham & Watkins, “Performance Analytics gives us the insights we need to ensure best-in-class service for our lawyers. We now know how members of the FAST team are spending their time—whether that’s on research, proofreading, coordinating meetings, or any one of dozens of other service categories. That lets us optimize the team, getting the right training and skill sets in place to support our lawyers’ needs. We can also see how much work is done after hours and how much is virtual, which allowed us to validate the FAST model.”

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ServiceNow Performance Analytics gives us the insights we need to ensure best-in-class service for our lawyers.

Sheila Stanton

Global HR Senior Manager

Sheila continues: “The best part is Performance Analytics gives us this information with just a few mouse clicks. Before, we would spend hours manually manipulating data in spreadsheets and we never had time to look at the data in different ways. Now, we can instantly slice and dice our metrics, giving us valuable insights. For example, we discovered our secretarial teams were spending a significant portion of their time printing and photocopying documents. Insights like these help us to increase organizational efficiency by allocating the right work to the right resources.”

ServiceNow® Performance Analytics also benefits the Latham & Watkins IT team. Global Technology Support Supervisor Robert Santangelo recalls: “Since we started using Performance Analytics, our incident trends have improved. It’s effective in helping us to manage incident backlog and aging, and in focusing our resources. And, trending lets us see how we’re doing and motivates our technology managers to drive further improvements every month.”

According to Robert, ServiceNow Performance Analytics also helped the IT team drive fundamental process improvements. “Our technology managers kept telling us that they were doing really well, but our backlog kept going up. With Performance Analytics, we found that certain types of incidents were being assigned to a group outside of the technology team. The incidents were just sitting there. They were never touched, and the external group didn’t know they had to be closed.”

Latham & Watkins extends ServiceNow to additional support groups and process improvements
With 60% of the Latham & Watkins support staff using the Now Platform, the firm is starting to use ServiceNow Performance Analytics for most of its support groups. 

Recently, its global reception center support model was completely built on the Now Platform, including integrating with the firm’s call and email routing system to manage internal and client support requests. To do this, the firm used ServiceNow components from its service desk, including creating a comprehensive knowledge base with information spanning all of the firm’s facilities.

“If you can map a process, you can streamline it with ServiceNow. ServiceNow makes it easy to build the applications you want. And, it’s a huge opportunity for process improvement: measure how your processes are performing, and you’ll find ways to make them run better,” concludes Bror.

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