More in-house lawyers are exercising power over law firms

New ACC survey shows power shift from firms to corporate legal departments

According to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), in-house legal teams are toughening up.

The association released a survey yesterday revealing that corporate law departments are increasingly calling the shots in their relationships with outside law firms and clients. The 4,161 in-house lawyers who participated in the survey reported that they are cutting outside counsel spend by taking on more work in-house, demanding discounts and alternative fee arrangements from their law firms, and boosting their hiring, sometimes hiring fresh law school graduates.

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