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Legal Audits (Vol 2, Pt 4) – Other Risks

Patrick Lim
Partner at Raj, Ong & Yudistra

The recent parts of this volume of articles have identified the main risks one is faced with when there is a lack of governance and controls such as carrying out regular legal contract audits.

In this article, we will explore a few other risks and problems that a company can face if it does not conduct regular legal contract audits. Some of these include:

  1. Loss of competitive advantage: If a company’s contracts are not optimized for its business needs, it may be at a competitive disadvantage compared to other companies that have more favorable terms. This could impact the company’s profitability and competitiveness.
  2. Reputational damage: If a company’s contracts are not in compliance with relevant laws and regulations, or if the company is involved in disputes or legal challenges related to its contracts, it could damage the company’s reputation. This could impact the company’s relationships with its customers, suppliers, and partners, and could also impact its reputation in the broader market.
  3. Loss of key customers or suppliers: If a company is involved in disputes or legal challenges related to its contracts, it could lose key customers or suppliers as a result. This could have a significant impact on the company’s revenue and profitability.
  4. Inefficiency: If a company’s contracts are not optimized for its business needs, it may be paying more than it needs to for goods or services, or may be missing out on opportunities to negotiate more favorable terms. This could result in inefficiencies and higher costs for the company.
  5. Legal challenges: If a company’s contracts do not adequately protect its interests or do not comply with relevant laws and regulations, there is a risk of legal challenges. This could be costly and time-consuming, and could divert resources away from other areas of the business.

Overall, there are many risks and problems that a company can face if it does not conduct regular legal contract audits. These risks and problems can range from loss of competitive advantage and reputational damage, to loss of key customers or suppliers and legal challenges.

Conducting regular contract audits can help a company mitigate these risks and avoid problems, and can also help the company identify opportunities to improve its contracting processes and negotiate more favorable terms.

In the next article, we will be exploring situations where the management of the company may face personal liability.

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