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Corporations Use Surveys to Get Feedback on Outside Lawyers

Posted Nov 16, 2007 9:25 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Corporate legal departments eager to keep better tabs on their outside lawyers are asking about their performance in surveys of company executives and in-house lawyers.

Lawyers attending the annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Chicago said formal surveys are being used more often, especially by small and midsize companies, the National Law Journal reports.

The association has done some surveying of its own. It found in a recent study that general counsel are managing their outside law firms more closely through more rules, better technology and tighter budgeting, according the Fulton County Daily Report.

The survey also found that in-house lawyers are requiring competitive bidding for legal work, getting discounts for early payment of bills, and requiring associates working on their projects to have minimum levels of experience, ABAJournal.com noted in an earlier post.

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