Law Firms

GC Wants Cultish Devotion from Outside Counsel

Ben Garren, General Counsel for North America for Coca-Cola, is serious about his company – and he wants his law firms to feel the same way: ““We’re very cult-like at the Coca-Cola Company,” Garren said at…


What commercial clients want from their lawyer

The perspective of Brett McAnulty, General Counsel for TVNZ on what companies want from their lawyers: “The relationship between external and in-house counsel has changed remarkably in the last ten years….So how does TVNZ engage with external…


AFAs Soar to an All-Time High

Law departments are reaping the benefits of AFAs – and the data shows it: “The votes are in. Clients are loving AFAs. And we’ve got the data* to show just how much….Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs)…


Can $1,500 per Hour Be Good Value?

Mark Cohen has some insightful thoughts on high hourly rates and how they tie into law firm service delivery structures: “The Guardian recently reported that senior partners at Magic Circle firms now charge 1,100 pounds…


RFPs from Law Departments Hit 15-Year High

In-house law departments are not happy with the service they are receiving – and RFPs to aspiring outside counsel are now at an all-time high as a result: “More clients are using more RFPs to…




GC: Law Firms Not Needed at Business Meetings

One example of why law firms are often referred to as “outside counsel”: “When Big Law Business has asked general counsel over the last eight months where they’d like to see outside law firms improve, a good…


Citi Law Firm Survey – More BigLaw Layoffs Coming

The recent layoff reports from Reed Smith may just be the beginning as demand growth for legal services is apparently “pretty tepid”: “Law firm managing partners are feeling… not that great. That’s according to a…