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6 Corporate Legal Trends from the ACC Conference

6 Corporate Legal Trends from the ACC Conference

Note:  The following is a guest post from Cindy Fox, director of product marketing with LexisNexis CounselLink. Legal department resources are stretched – that was one of the recurring themes we heard at the ACC 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. While that is not a surprise there was also a number of other interesting trends that emerged. Here are ... Read More »

Insurance Best Practice: How to Implement AFAs in Phases

Insurance Best Practice How to Implement AFAs in Phases

According to data from the latest Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report, the insurance industry experiences the lowest volatility in legal fees.  The report notes “volatility is a calculated indicator of blended rate variability.  Higher numbers suggest a better opportunity to negotiate rates and or the assigned time keeper mix.” On this graph, the vertical markets of “Regulatory & Compliance” and ... Read More »

Top 10 #BusinessofLaw Posts You Might Have Missed in September

Most Read Blog Posts for September 2014

We’re a bit slow on the draw in posting a “most read” post for September, but rest assured, it’s not out of idleness!   The fall is typically a busy season for product announcements, including new software releases for the LexisNexis® PCLaw® and Firm Manager® products, for example: LexisNexis Releases PCLaw 14 Featuring Batch Email Billing LexisNexis Firm Manager Provides Small ... Read More »

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

CounselLink Corporate Counsel Analytics

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

legal industry trends

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

lexisnexis hollywood

“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 »