Since an associate raise announcement from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy set off a chain reaction of further pay increases across other law firms, some on the client side have expressed frustration with what one in-house ops director called the “tone deafness” of such moves.

According to a new Corporate Legal Operations Consortium survey, in-house legal leaders may soon start pushing back against the raises with more than just words. But the survey also provided some evidence that anger isn’t necessarily universal, particularly if costs of giving raises aren’t getting passed along to legal departments directly.

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