The legal complexity of a matter is an excellent measure of how efficiently a piece of work can be completed and the appropriate resources to engage. So how should you determine where a piece of work fits on the 0 - 10 rating scale.
Complexity should be considered in relation to the legal advice required for the matter.
Considerations may include:
- The number of areas of law: if there are multiple areas of law that are involved in addressing a matter, then it is likely that it is of high complexity
- The area of law: consider the complexity of the area of law. For example, constitutional law is likely to be considered high complexity
- Stakeholders: how many stakeholders are involved? If there are multiple stakeholders within and outside the organization, that task is likely to be of higher complexity
- Adversarial: is the matter contentious and likely to be adversarial? If so, it may be considered high complexity
- Novel or repeat: if we see similar matters on a regular basis (or if there are several precedents available), then it is likely it will be of lower complexity
- Precedent value: is the outcome of the matter likely to set a precedent? It may be of higher complexity if it would be considered to set a precedent
Ratings may include:
0 = no legal content
1 = cursory legal knowledge required
2 = some legal knowledge required, repetitive legal work for which precedents are available
3 = legal training required (eg. junior lawyers)
4 = legal training and experience required (junior to mid level lawyers)
5 = application of legal training and experience essential
6 = difficult application of law, use of precedents
7 = complex area of law, limited precedents
8 = several areas of complex law, multiple stakeholders, limited precedents
9 = many areas of complex law, many stakeholders, no or limited examples
10 = multi-faceted complex law, many stakeholders, no examples
Tip: You can set guidance for your team on the 'Complexity' scale using Tooltips.