Displaying items by tag: Law Department Management

Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Seeking alternative arrangements

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_CorpSurvey-HandsOpener1.jpgThe momentum has been growing slowly for years but it seems in-house counsel are ready and want to trade in the billable hour model for something more progressive. Responses to the 2014 Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey indicate there is a growing interest within the in-house bar to changing the conversation when it comes to negotiating billing options with external law firms.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:00

Mining the gold in mind maps

Photo credit: Sandra Strangemore
Photo credit: Sandra Strangemore
The perception of in-house legal departments as insular and mysterious can impede their ability to best serve the business. And while perceptions don’t always reflect reality, a repositioning of legal as an equal in the organization can have a dramatic effect on both the lawyers’ job satisfaction and overall efficiency in the business.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Measuring legal department metrics

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgFor my July column I was initially thinking about a slightly different approach. The idea was to raise with law firms the concept that perhaps law departments have key performance indicators too and they may want to think about how their law firm services law departments in light of them. Obviously it is a starting point of asking law firms: “Do you really talk to your clients and understand their needs and pressures and if you don’t then maybe you should, especially in the flat market we all live in today?”
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgI recently read a thoughtful open letter to general counsel and law firms written by Daniel Desjardins, general counsel of Bombardier Inc. Stated simply, this letter offers sound advice.
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In the final of four videos from Canadian Lawyer's roundtable series law firm management, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by the Phoenix Legal Group, our panel of lawyer and non-lawyer management gurus examine the growing articling crisis. This hot topic is on the minds of many law students and continues to be a vexing issue for the profession.

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Brian Hilbers, left, and David Gore offer up ways to have legal positively impact the bottom line. Photo: Jennifer Brown
Brian Hilbers, left, and David Gore offer up ways to have legal positively impact the bottom line. Photo: Jennifer Brown
Aligning the goals of the business with the goals of a legal department is often discussed as an ideal model but how many in-house counsel actually achieve that while at the same time fighting against the constant tide of work flowing into their departments?
Published in Latest News
Monday, 16 January 2012 07:08

2012: A year that could be

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgAmong my holiday readings I came across a concept long forgotten from James P. Carse’s book Finite and Infinite Games, which has some real relevance to law firms in 2012. To paraphrase it, law firms will gravitate towards two types of firms:
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Sunday, 01 February 2009 07:33

Editor's Box - The only constant is change

Regular readers of Canadian Lawyer InHouse will no doubt notice a few changes in this edition.
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