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Corporate Internal Investigations: Conducting Smart Investigation Interviews

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When a company is confronted with the need to conduct an internal investigation into allegations of possible wrongdoing, it’s essential to respond deliberately and thoughtfully in the execution of the investigation. While no two corporate internal investigations are the same, there is a certain pattern to most investigations and certain recurring best practices that can be leveraged by in-house and ... Read More »

Corporate Internal Investigations: Building a smart investigation team

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Internal investigations are always sensitive and are frequently high-stakes matters that must be handled with great caution. Some of these corporate investigations are public and in the headlines, others are private and do not result in public disclosure. Many leading law firms and their corporate clients have learned valuable lessons about how to conduct effective corporate internal investigations related to ... Read More »

Corporate Internal Investigations: Establishing a smart investigation strategy

Corporate Internal Investigations: Establishing a smart investigation strategy

For in-house counsel and their outside law firms, corporate internal investigations typically were prompted by some sort of employee misconduct that needed to be assessed, documented and quickly resolved. Those instances are still an occasional thorn in the side of a GC, but in today’s global economy, the underlying causes of an internal investigation are far more diverse: allegations of ... Read More »

Corporate Legal: Where the Magic is Happening

Corporate Legal Where the Magic is Happening

To tag on a famous marketing slogan – the corporate legal department today, is not the legal department our parents might have known.  With the swing of the in-house-outside counsel pendulum, legal departments have increasing support from the businesses – but also higher expectations to be strategic partners. Legal departments are more carefully selecting the work that comes in, and ... 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 »

Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise

Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise

The ACC Chief Legal Officers (CLO) 2016 Survey suggests internal corporate legal spend now surpasses outside legal spend. According to the study, CLOs reported 53 percent of their budget is now dedicated to internal spending, while just 47 percent is allocated to outside counsel. Issues of compliance and ethics were named among top concerns with regulatory requirements and data breaches ... 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 »

7 Ways to Prove the Value of the Legal Department

7 Ways to Prove the Value of the Legal Department

Note: Dan Ruderman with the strategic consulting team also contributed to this post. Proving value is always high on the list of priorities for corporate counsel. Perhaps it’s because legal services are a credence good, as D. Casey Flaherty says. There are however recognized techniques for proving value with data, processes improvement and strategy.  Here are seven ways to prove the ... Read More »

How to put Mojo in Law Department Metrics

How to put Mojo in Law Department Metrics

Note:  a version of this article first appeared in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel magazine. Is your corporate law department sometimes viewed more as a cost center than as a key contributor to the company’s operational efficiency? It’s a common situation. Turning that perception on its head requires heavy lifting on the part of general counsels and law department operations personnel. ... Read More »

Case Study: Art and Science for the Corporate Legal Department

Art and Science for the Corporate Legal Department

Driving efficiency often requires change management – and change management “is really about people.” That’s according to VMware® VP and Deputy General Counsel Aine Lyons for Worldwide Legal Operations, as described by the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) in a case study about the ACC Value Challenge awards:  Scaling, Streamlining, and Succeeding:  Transforming Legal Services to Support the Corporate Vision. ... Read More »