Create one matter for an activity rather than allow several lawyers to each create their own

An intriguing idea comes from a supplement in the ACC Docket, June 2010 after 32. The supplement describes a number of managerial decisions by the legal team of Coca-Cola in Europe.

One change they are discussing is how “to increase efficiency by limiting the number of files created for any one particular matter.” Instead of an acquisition spawning an HR matter, an IP matter, a regulatory matter, and a corporate matter, there would be one master matter. The thought is that a single consolidated matter will streamline control, reporting, audits, and document management. Those objectives and benefits sound plausible.

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