I have always believed that an in-house legal department should adopt an aspirational mission to be a competitive advantage to its company. A department accepting this
commission develops and fields legal personnel who are students of the client's business and deep experts in the relevant legal issues. The creative solutions developed by such a department are as worthy of protection as any other company intellectual property. In the pursuit of these valuable and perhaps proprietary solutions, in-house departments are rivals, and rightly so.
Where solution development does not confer a competitive advantage to the client, collaboration among departments is common, useful and appropriate.