Companies increase legal spending, both in U.S. and abroad

The trend can be traced to larger in-house staffs and higher billing rates at firms

A survey of 260 companies conducted by HBR Consulting revealed that legal spend increased in 2010 and 2011 from the previous survey that covered 2009 and 2010. The data includes both money spent on in-house legal departments and on outside counsel.

The companies, 70 percent of which have Fortune 500-level revenues or above, increased their international legal spend by a median of 5 percent, while spending in the U.S. grew slightly less, by 4 percent.

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