Morrison on Metrics: Do the Minions Know the Metrics?

To what extent do lawyers in legal departments know their department's benchmark metrics? I wondered about this because more than 60 percent of the participants in the General Counsel Metrics (GCM) global benchmarking survey are general counsel (and, by the way, has your department joined the 600 others? Click on the left icon). The most probable reason is that general counsel are more likely to get e-invitations. Moreover, they belong to various general counsel groups and learn about them that way. General counsel also have the authority to decide to submit proprietary corporate data. Finally, a general counsel, far more than any other lawyer, has a reason to obtain benchmark metrics too, whether try to fortify the budget, justify new hiring, amplify management insights or exemplify the law department's value to fellow executives.

All of that being true, it does not answer whether lawyers below the general counsel know such numbers as total staffing of the department or external spend on legal matters. To be sure, quite a few people other than general counsel have responded to the GCM benchmark survey, but some of them are presumably acting at the direction of the general counsel. For example about 10 percent are direct reports to the general counsel and about 10 percent are law department administrators.

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Rees Morrison

Rees Morrison, Esq. is the founder of General Counsel Metrics, LLC. Based in Princeton, NJ, Rees has for the past 25 years consulted solely to...

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