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Every year, the Association of Corporate Counsel takes the temperature of inside counsel practice by surveying general counsel and chief legal officers across a wide number of sectors. Unsurprisingly, the 2015 survey, with nearly 1,300 respondents, put ethics and compliance at the top of the list of chief legal officer concerns, together with data security, and litigation issues. This week, we thought we’d change our pace a little and spotlight some valuable ethics lessons learned from a real-life GC who leads her department as chief legal officer of a political subdivision while also having responsibility for ethics compliance.
The overall goal for a document review is for the document categorization to be as accurate/consistent as possible and for the review to be completed in a timely fashion. As a litigation support professional, one of my favorite project management tasks is managing a large document review. Designing an efficient workflow and process is key, and establishing multiple bi-directional communication channels cannot be undervalued.
OldLaw, NewLaw, EmergingLaw, and NextLaw and Do Less Law
ACC is deeply involved in the pricing function as it launched The ACC Value Challenge in 2008, which all in the profession are very aware of. As a refresher, it was launched to reduce the reliance on the billable hour, to use appropriate fee arrangements (they dropped “alternative” from their lexicon), to increase the use of project management, process improvement, and root cause analysis; all what he calls “basic common sense business principles,” and to incorporate those into the practice of law.
The Lawyer Survey Finds That Almost Half of Legal Departments still don't have an Effective Method of Evaluating Vendors
Having worked in the Legal Services industry for 35 years, we are excited to partner with The Lawyer for the fourth edition of its annual survey of in-house lawyers. Evaluating trends and changes of attitudes among in-house lawyers, the research detailed in the report sparked 530 responses through its online questionnaire. Professionals who participated in the survey included General Counsels, Senior Counsels and Heads of Legal. Topics covered in the report included banking & finance, energy & natural resources, government, public sector & not-for-profit, insurance & reinsurance, manufacturing, automotive, engineering & construction, media & entertainment, retail & consumer technology, IT and pharmaceuticals & biotech.
Deloitte conducted a survey of 70 general counsel across Canada to gain a better understanding of their roles. Our findings point to a shifting landscape where strategic input is increasingly being sought from in-house legal teams and more work is being insourced as general counsel look to reallocate responsibilities within. Softer skills, such as emotional intelligence, are also moving to centre stage as legal teams grapple with how to best develop the traits that will drive their business forward.