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Infographic Friday: Law Firm M&A Billings Nearly Double

Infographic Friday MA Billings Nearly Double

M&A is back in the headlines among the legal trades. “In-house counsel and investment bankers agree that the merger and acquisition stars are aligning to create an environment more conducive for deals, according to one M&A expert,” according to ALM’s Corporate Counsel in an article titled Big Deals Put 2014 M&As at $2.5 Trillion and Rising. The Corporate Counsel article ... Read More »

Trending Legal Spending: Examining the HBR Consulting Study

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Around the world corporate legal spending grew by 2% in 2013, according to a new survey by HBR Consulting.  How that money is being spent makes all the difference – inside legal spending grew 5% while spending on outside counsel dropped by 2%. A narrower look at corporate legal spending within the U.S. produced similar results.  The survey found that ... Read More »

SlideShare Friday: 5 Key Trends in Legal Software

5 legal software trends

There are many legal industry trends and among those of special interest to this division of LexisNexis are those that revolve around software. At the 2014 ILTA conference the top executive in our software division had an opportunity to present to a core group of customers that had also gathered at the show.  For some in attendance, it was a ... Read More »

Infographic Friday:  The Enduring Legal Dress Code Debate

Infographic Friday The Enduring Legal Dress Code Debate-header

Appearances matter – it’s just that the interpretation of precisely what appearances communicate that’s often the crux of contention. For example, does a deposed witness appear more or less honest in a video recording replayed at a later date if the witness is wearing a suit but sweating profusely?  According to a 2013 story in Above the Law titled, From ... Read More »

Infographic Friday:  Trends Shaping the Legal Industry

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Recently, Robert Half Legal took a focused look at the legal profession in a new study titled Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession. The study identifies four key legal industry trends shaping the profession which are: Client service pressures mount General counsel take center stage Mobility gives rise to the virtual law practice, flexible workplace Demand for specialization ... Read More »

AFAs:  A Budget with Consequences

AFAs A Budget with Consequences

Over the span of a decade, one company says it more than tripled its revenue while cutting its legal spend by a little more than 30%, while only adding four more in-house attorneys over four years. That seems to be a prime example of a corporate legal department doing more with less – and AFAs seem to be a key ... Read More »

Preview Friday: LexisNexis goes to Hollywood

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“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” as Andy Warhol once said. Perhaps under this era of humanized brands even businesses are granted a moment or two of fame as well. LexisNexis earned its moment recently with a new movie-based on television series called “Veronica Mars” — as depicted in a nearby HBO preview.  The crime-solving plot is ... Read More »

Top 10 #BusinessofLaw Posts You Might Have Missed in August

August Most Read Posts Business of Law Blog

August – a traditionally slow time of year – proved a pretty incredible month for the Business of Law Blog. In reviewing the data for this month’s Top 10 post, readership and engagement has spiked substantially – so thank you! Several projects launched filled these pages with data, tips and stories including the latest Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report, a ... Read More »

YouTube Friday:  LexisNexis takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

lexisnexis ice bucket challenge

Mike Lipps likes to keep employees on their toes and one technique is to weave little surprises into town halls – a monthly meeting where he reviews the state of the business with a focus on customers, employees and stakeholders. This month he introduced the Ice Bucket challenge.  An employee in California had taken the challenge and in a video ... Read More »

5 Guidelines for Developing Corporate Legal Best Practice

5 Guidelines for Developing Corporate Legal Best Practice

There’s a good case to be made that leading companies avoid benchmarking the competition.  By definition, a company that follows what the competition is doing cannot be the leader. That’s in part, the gist of Mike Haysley’s point in a pitch published in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel titled I Don’t Know What You Should Be Measuring, But You Do: Best ... Read More »