What is it?

Consultancy services are a service provided by a professional expert who provides advice in a particular area. Consultants can help to develop strategies for growth or manage projects. Since consultants are not committed to a single firm, they bring experience from a variety of companies and industries, which allows them to offer creative solutions and enables “out of the box” thinking.

 

Why is it important?

In the current economic environment, it is important that businesses find ways to stand out, tighten their operations, and increase their revenues while keeping expenses low. As many businesses struggle to stay ahead of the competition, the day-to-day operations of the business are more than enough to keep management busy, especially in smaller businesses where owners or managers wear many hats. Choosing to use an experienced consultant may allow businesses the ability to grow, rather than simply attempting to maintain the status quo.

Consultants can provide information and opinions that an employee may feel unable to voice. They can provide an objective viewpoint, which allows for more diverse ideas than could be provided solely by employees within the organization.

A consultant may have a higher level of business expertise than the average employee and can provide unique solutions for businesses.

 

What to look for in Consulting Services?

You want to look at the consultant’s level of expertise, their experience, tangible deliverables, a list of their clients and testimonials, and your ability to communicate candidly with them.

 

Subcategories of Consulting Services

Legal Operations Consulting

Legal Operations is the data-driven approach to streamlining the work done by in-house law departments and law firms.  It encompasses a wide range of expertise in Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Information Technology, Vendor Management, and Legal Data Analytics. Legal Operations Consulting firms can provide a complete range of services including: legal operations support and executive coaching, including legal department strategies, IT solutions, finance and budget guidance, contracts management, talent management and development, benchmarking, best practices and metrics, and outside counsel selection and management.

Management Consulting

Management consulting is the practice of helping organizations to improve their performance. Organizations may draw upon the services of management consultants for a number of reasons, including gaining external (and presumably objective) advice and access to the consultants’ specialized expertise.

As a result of their exposure to, and relationships with numerous organizations, consulting firms are typically aware of industry “best practices.” However, the specific nature of situations under consideration may limit the ability to transfer such practices from one organization to another.

Consultancies may also provide organizational change management assistance, development of coaching skills, process analysis, technology implementation, strategy development, or operational improvement services. Management consultants often bring their own proprietary methodologies or frameworks to guide the identification of problems, and to serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing work tasks.

Privacy Consulting

Reliance on personal data grows and companies continue to innovate against a backdrop of enhanced privacy regulation, changing consumer privacy expectations, and shareholder demands for profitability. As a result, today’s organizations face a profoundly complicated regulatory, reputational, and operational data privacy risk environment. This gives rise to firms specializing in privacy and data related consulting.