“Our goal has always been to work smarter, not harder, and that’s where we were looking at process improvements and efficiencies throughout the department.”
Marissa Corda, Global Head of Legal and Compliance at Sonnedix
How do you prepare your Legal team for rapid business growth?
My name is Marissa Corda, and I’m the global head of legal and compliance and Sonnedix.
Sonnedix’s purpose is to build a brighter future and we do that by building, owning, acquiring,
constructing solar plants. Across 4 different continents. My team is built up of legal and compliance
professionals and we work really hard to support the acquisition, development, construction and
maintenance of these various solar plants across the world.
Sonnedix has pretty ambitious growth targets. For the legal compliance team to make sure that
we’re delivering an effective and high-quality level of support we were facing more work. Our goal
has always been to work smarter, not harder, and that’s where we’re looking for process
improvements and efficiencies throughout the department.
We’ve looked at other tech solutions in the past, but we really had a hard time finding anything, that
was cost effective, met our needs and was customisable in a way that we were hoping for.
looked at legal gateway what was most attractive to me, was the module aspect of the system, so
we can build small pieces of legal work that’s easy for business users to work through, except, adapt,
really work within.
My personal concern with legal gateway was that I’m not an IT professional – so
what does this mean for developing and rolling out an IT solution for the larger business and how do
we translate the legal volume that we have in high volume to something that makes sense and is
easy to do in a self-contained app.
It was really easy to get started with legal gateway. The team was really great about doing an intake
with us about what our needs were and how we can work together to come up with solutions. First
agreement we decided to automate was our non-disclosure agreements. We figured it was a
relatively simple, short agreement that would lend itself well to an app. In addition, we were
receiving a very high volume of this relatively standard form come through our department and
eating up quite a bit of time for our paralegal team.
The time savings is quantifiable in that what used to take us multiple days is streamlined down to 12
minutes to draft and execute an NDA at this point.
The business now has a centralised portal to
interact with the legal team which is really vital for us, given were spread across 4 continents and 13
different time zones and now there’s a transparency that didn’t exist before. Before Legal Gateway,
the business user was emailing to figure the status of their legal work, and now there is a tangible
icon that basically lets the teams know whether their works been completed or is in process.
Legal Gateway’s made a really big difference to our team, and I think it would be helpful tool for
really any corporate legal department looking at scaling up, effectively and quickly.