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Since the onset of the financial crisis, cash-strapped companies' in-house legal departments have tried a wide range of methods to bring down legal bills. Discounts on law firms' standard hourly rates have been pushed for, all manner of alternative billing methods tested and outsourcing work to offshore legal process centres has become an increasingly common phenomenon.
Firms have been known to charge for some surprising things – so it can pay to analyse your bills. Alex Aldridge reports
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