By Dorina Mastora and Kyriaki Stinga

In the world of law, where tradition and rules often reign supreme, the concept of the agile approach may seem like a curious intruder. However, when considering the dynamic and evolving nature of the legal landscape, it becomes increasingly clear that utilising an agile methodology is not just a paradigm shift but an artistic expression of adapting to the needs of the modern world. This article aims to explore the creative clash between the agile and hierarchical approaches in legal companies, ultimately highlighting the transformative power of embracing agile principles.

Artistry is often predicated on the ability to adapt, improvise and respond to change. Similarly, the Agile Manifesto espouses values such as flexibility, collaboration and responsiveness over rigid processes and command-driven hierarchies. Legal companies that embrace the agile approach understand that the playing field of legal practice is in constant flux. Laws change, markets fluctuate and client demands evolve. By adopting agile principles, legal companies can harness their artistic spirit, transforming their operations into dynamic and responsive entities.

In the hierarchical approach prevalent in many legal companies, information often flows slowly, trapped within rigid departmental silos. This not only hampers efficiency but stifles creativity and innovation. Agile methodologies, on the other hand, emphasise cross-functional teams, encouraging collaboration and breaking down barriers. By dissolving the traditional hierarchies and fostering an environment of open communication, legal companies can unlock the artistic potential of their workforce, enabling new ideas and unexpected solutions to flourish.

Legal practice, at its core, is about solving problems and meeting the needs of clients. Agile methodologies elevate this pursuit to an art form by placing the client at the heart of the legal process. Client-centricity becomes a creative act, as legal professionals actively engage in understanding and empathising with client needs, designing innovative approaches to address complex legal challenges. The iterative nature of agile methodologies facilitates adaptive planning, allowing legal companies to respond swiftly to changes in client circumstances and expectations.

Taking inspiration from the world of theatre, the Scrum framework in agile methodology offers an unprecedented artistic performance. Scrum brings together the diverse talents of legal professionals, transforming their collective effort into a choreographed routine of continuous improvement. The creative energy generated through frequent meetings, collaboration and feedback produces a symphony of legal expertise, delivering high-quality outcomes and increased client satisfaction.

Ultimately, embracing the agile approach is more than just adopting a new methodology. It represents a profound shift in the mindset of legal professionals, approaching the practice of law as an art form. It is an acknowledgement that law is not an immutable set of rules but a malleable canvas on which legal professionals can paint strokes of creativity, adaptability and innovation. The agile approach invites legal companies to sculpt their processes, blaze new trails and embrace the constant evolution of the legal field.

In the ever-changing world of law, the choice between the hierarchical and agile approaches in legal companies is akin to embracing or resisting artistic growth. By embracing agile principles, legal companies can unleash their creative potential, facilitating collaboration, client-centricity, and innovation. As legal professionals step onto this artistic stage, they can navigate the complexities of the modern legal landscape with grace and adaptability, ultimately redefining the traditional notions of legal practice. In the realm of agility, legal companies can truly become masterpieces of art.

Dorina Mastora is deputy compliance officer and Kyriaki Stinga is a senior associate at Elias Neocleous & Co LLC