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BOSTON � Chief legal officers plan to expand their in-house staff and spend more on outside legal counsel over the next 12 months, according to Altman Weil Inc. and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubble’s most recent annual CLO survey. Forty percent of CLOs plan to hire more lawyers, up from 36% who indicated such plans last year. In the last two to three years, law departments involved in the survey have already added an average of 1.7 new positions. For new hires, CLOs are seeking lawyers with specific practice expertise, instead of a generalist. “Law departments are trying to find areas of practice where they can add the most value to their corporation � and bringing in a specialist can do that, as long as the economics of internalizing the work justify it,” said Daniel J. DiLucchio, a principal at the Newtown Square, Pa.-based Altman. Over the next year, 18% of law departments plan to spend more on outside counsel, compared with 14% last year. Altman’s survey, which it conducted with LexisNexis of New Providence, N.J., was based on 264 responses received in May.

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