When you think about benchmark metrics for an entire global law department, you intuitively assume that its metrics differ from the metrics for any portion of the department based in a particular country or region. For this column, let's call that group of in-house lawyers a "country department," which is a part of the "global department." These days, many global departments of multinationals have multiple country departments.
A country department primarily has commercial lawyers, generalists who handle contractual matters for its country or region as well as local or smaller legal issues such as real estate, privacy and employment. At the headquarters of the global department, specialist lawyers handle companywide legal work such as securities law filings, major litigation, Board matters, corporate secretary, compliance, antitrust issues and pension matters. What difference does all this make to in their basic metrics?