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Study: AFAs Proliferate for P&C legal matters

Study AFAs Proliferate in P&C Claims and Law Departments

Alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) use is rising among property and casualty (P&C) insurance carrier legal and claims departments, according a new survey, the third such survey in a series, by the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. The use of AFAs moved up from 69 percent in August 2015, to healthy 76.9 percent. In other words, nearly 80 percent of this segment of ... Read More »

10 Useful Corporate Legal Blog Posts

How Corporate Legal Can Predict a $1.3b Budget within $80k

Editor’s Note:  The original content published here has been removed and in place we offer you the following which proved popular with corporate legal and legal operations professionals.   1. Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise Most legal departments are in the 3rd or 4th level along the legal operations maturity model.   It’s the “beginning of the middle” as D. Casey ... Read More »

UTBMS: A Breakthrough for M&A Codes

A Breakthrough for M&A Codes in UTBMS

The new M&A Codes reflect a breakthrough for measuring the cost and business value of legal work, writes contributor Aileen Leventon in this piece for the LexisNexis Business of Law Blog. In the late 1990s, the concept seemed simple enough. Clients established outside counsel guidelines which included the requirement to submit invoices through an ebilling system. Lawyers and other timekeepers ... Read More »

10 Strategic Tips for Successful Law Department Budgeting

10 Strategic Tips for Successful Law Department Budgeting

Although law departments often tend to think of budgets as primarily tactical tools, budgets do have significant strategic value – as long as they’re the product of thorough planning and proper implementation. When thinking about implementing a budget process, it’s necessary to consider the various implications that stem from different strategic objectives. Corporate law departments can attack the challenge of ... Read More »

Big Data: Steady but Subtle Increase in AFAs Use

Big Data Steady but Subtle Increase in AFAs Use

Subtle but steady – that’s what the data has to say about alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) – according to our own Kris Satkunas writing for InsideCounsel: AFAs rising: Data shows subtle but steady increase in non-traditional billing. The study reveals the overall number of legal departments actively engaging in AFAs grew sharply, to the tune of 76 percent, up from ... Read More »

Trends in Legal Spend from a Law Department Survey

Trends in Legal Spend from a Law Department Survey

Overall corporate legal spend has increased modestly but that spend has largely gone toward inside counsel, according to the 2015 HBR Law Department Survey. Total legal spend grew by 2% worldwide – which mirrors the findings in last year’s survey.  The survey announcement provided a summary in the form of median numbers: “The median total legal spending was $27 million ... Read More »

Friday Share: Buying Legal, Metrics and Benchmarking

Buying Legal Metrics and Benchmarking

As an industry, whether inside or outside counsel, we don’t do a good job of figuring out what we want to measure in our organizations, but we still manage the business of law, according to Timothy B. Corcoran, principal of the Corcoran Consulting Group. “Is anyone here willing to acknowledge, that because we don’t have great data, we’re not managing ... Read More »

Law Firm Competition: Buyers Becomes a New Entrant

Law Firm Competition Buyers Becomes a New Entrant

One of the five factors in Porter’s Five Forces model, a framework for evaluating a competitive environment, is the “threat of new entrants.” The 2015 Law Firms in Transition study by Altman Weil finds this “threat” is a broadening category. “Eighty-three percent of law firm leaders say they believe competition from non-traditional service providers is a permanent change in the ... Read More »

Key Metric: The Current Law Firm Billing Rates by Practice Area

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Billing rates in some practice areas are growing faster than others, according to the most recent CounselLink® Enterprise Legal Management Trends report, published last week. The latest report – a mid-year update based on data ending June 30, 2015 – identified “IP-Patent” and “Regulatory and Compliance” as two practice areas where billing rates have risen. As the full report says, ... Read More »

Legal Spend Trends:  Big Law Billing Rates Rising

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A new legal spending trends report finds big law billing rates grew notably – pushing a 6% increase in the gap between the top two tiers of law firms, by attorney headcount, from 38% to 44%. Median partner rates at the “Largest 50” law firms – those with more than 750 lawyers – rose to $711 per hour, based on ... Read More »