In-house counsel have more tools than ever to split up litigation into smaller, more affordable “tasks,” says a soon-to-be published paper in Fordham Law Review. And some clients are taking advantage of these methods.

The paper, titled “Restraining Lawyers: From ‘Cases’ to ‘Tasks,’” argues that law practice is experiencing two parallel shifts: civil procedure amendments are focusing on cost and resource drain, and the private market is giving in-house departments more options to unbundle legal work for lower costs. It’s a welcome movement, says the paper’s author, Morris Ratner, associate professor of law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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