What is Legal Design?

Legal Design is a multidisciplinary methodology that aims to make legal information and content more accessible and user-friendly by applying various key design principles.

This isn’t just about aesthetics, it also involves innovation in the presentation and management of legal content to deliver complex legal concepts in a simpler and more effective way.

The key goal here is to make contracts, policies and other legal documentation easier for everyone to understand, encouraging their dissemination and facilitating interaction between clients and legal disciplines. This is achieved by using infographics, images and photos, intuitive layouts, graphic elements, simplified language and tailor-made digital solutions to revolutionise the user experience in dealing with the legal world.

Why is Legal Design Essential for Companies?

In today’s environment, clarity and transparency are key to establishing trusting relationships and minimising risk. Legal Design addresses these needs, revolutionising the way businesses interact with legal matters and offering them the opportunity to build more secure and lasting relationships with their stakeholders.

Through intuitive designs and accessible language, the application of design to the legal world allows companies to make their contracts, policies and other legal documentation instantly easier to understand, minimising the risks of any doubts, misunderstandings or potential disputes further down the line.

In addition to this, it also smoothens and speeds up various internal procedures, reducing the time and costs associated with reviewing these types of documentation.

Legal Design therefore offers a strategic investment for companies that aim to achieve excellence in every aspect of their business.

Applications and Examples of Success in Legal Design

The Legal Design approach adopted by beLab makes it possible to maximise effective communication with recipients and, consequently, the successful implementation of legal documentation. Many areas of application have already been successfully tested by our multidisciplinary team, which has allowed us to truly revolutionise the field:

  • Policy: Legal Design is deployed when creating corporate policies to make them much clearer and straightforward, typically by using infographics and intuitive layouts that improve understanding for all stakeholders.
  • Procedures: procedures, many of which are often complex, can be simplified, ensuring their proper adoption by users and minimising errors and inefficiencies.
  • Contracts: the era of convoluted and difficult-to-understand contracts is rapidly coming to an end. Thanks to Legal Design, contractual documentation has now become visually pleasing and an easy-to-understood tool.
  • Legal communications: effective communication is key, particularly in the legal arena. By making legal communication less intimidating and more inviting, you can promote positive interactions between parties.
  • Periodic reports: legal reports, which can often be over-loaded with technical terminology, can instead be structured to provide a smooth and intuitive reader experience, making it easier for the reader to understand the data and information presented.

These successful applications demonstrate how Legal Design is rewriting the rules of interaction in the legal world, producing tangible benefits for firms and clients.

Figures and Principles of Legal Design

The successful delivery of a Legal Design project is the result of harnessing the synergies between different professional skill-sets, each of which contributes to the creation of a comprehensive, user-oriented solution.

Here at beLab, this all happens in our Legal Design Centre, a true hub of excellence for this innovative field, characterised by an impressive team of experts with a diverse range of expertise:

  • Legal Designers: vertical professionals who combine legal knowledge with design skills, interpreting and translating legal needs into clear visual and text solutions.
  • Lawyers: provide legal expertise, ensuring that every aspect of the design aligns with the latest regulations and client needs.
  • Graphic and UX/UI Designers: ensure that information is accessible and intuitive, enhancing the user experience through layouts, information architecture, infographics and interfaces.
  • Developers and IT Experts: critical to creating digital solutions, such as platforms or applications, that incorporate Legal Design principles.

The work of these experts is based on certain fundamental principles that serve as clear guidelines for each project:

  • User-Centricity: always prioritise the needs and understanding of the end user.
  • Clarity: simplify terminology and presentation of information, eliminating all ambiguity.
  • Accessibility: ensure that information is easily accessible to anyone, regardless of their professional background or legal knowledge.
  • Innovation: integrate the latest technologies and design best practices to deliver modern and effective solutions.

Legal Design is based on a multidisciplinary approach and sound principles that aim to create a bridge between the legal world and users, making the law more accessible to everyone.

Choose beLab’s Legal Design service

beLab’s not just a legal design firm. It’s an Alternative Legal Service Provider that combines innovation, technology and experience to serve its clients’ needs. Our mission is to support companies throughout their legal digitisation journey, making every aspect smoother, clearer and state-of-the-art.

The advantages to be gained from exploiting the insights and expertise of our professionals in the field of legal design really cannot be emphasised enough. With beLab, you can be assured that you’ll receive a cutting-edge, client-focused service that’s always two steps ahead of the latest best practices in design applied to the legal world.

Get in touch with us now to discover how BeLab can support your projects and needs.