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9th Annual Report of Corporate Law Departments

The squeeze play that has trapped general counsel between rising law firm fees and restrictions on headcount is still the name of the game in most corporations. That's what we found when we surveyed our readers via the Internet and mail for the InsideCounsel/Datacert Inc. 9th Annual Report of Corporate Law Departments.

While budgets are up a bit, they aren't keeping pace with workload that is expanding due to a revived economy and increased compliance requirements. And while some legal departments have the hiring sign out for the first time in this decade, most GCs are still squeezing budgets by pushing work down or out of the department and seeking concessions on law firm fees.

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