The insiders - the professional managers running bluechip legal teams
The last few years have been difficult for the corporate world and its lawyers. Executives are insisting that business divisions pare expenses, stretch their budgets and manage more efficiently. Law departments are not exempt. The days of general counsel reflexively lobbing work to their old firms, with little thought about cost, are just about over. Chief executives don't want flab - they're looking for six-pack abs. Trouble is, lawyers usually aren't great administrators. They didn't go to law school to become managers, and it's not a skill law schools teach. So law departments often need help meeting these mandates.
Leading companies in the US are increasingly embracing the use of professional managers to run in-house legal teams. David Hechler reports
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