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The task of steering clear of conflicts with current and former clients grows more complicated as the list of current and former clients grows longer. Long client lists have forced law firms to focus on conflicts management for years. But the client lists of many corporate legal departments are growing too.  This growth is the result of growing legal departments—the addition of new lawyers leads to the addition of imported former clients that must be checked for conflicts purposes; growing corporate families; and the risk that courts will find implied attorney-client relationships between corporate counsel and corporate constituents. As its list of current and former clients grows, the corporate legal department will need to develop robust conflicts management systems and procedures as well.

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