Making the Grade

It's an irresistible force colliding with an immovable object: Laws firms under pressure to make more money butt up against general counsel locked into budgets that won't bend.

Such a clash inevitably fractures even a strong relationship, and the results of InsideCounsel's 18th Annual Survey of General Counsel reflect that. While you still give your law firms a solid B for overall performance, your answers reflect a growing resentment over rising fees. For example, nearly 60 percent of you think law firm rate increases are excessive and that associate pay is too high.

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Mary Swanton

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