Reports of the law's transformation have been greatly exaggerated

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 06:00 AM Written by 

20120613ms_balancingact_150In today's National Law Journal, Rees Morrison of General Counsel Metrics reflects on the surprising tensile strength of the status quo in relationships between in-house legal departments and external law firms despite a backdrop of economic tumult some predicted would spark a revolution:

"Now that several years have passed since the financial meltdown and the raft of forecasts that the legal industry would transform, did it? No, not by any means. Quite a few observers of the law scene thought the cost pressures of the recession would force major changes of management practices. Why that crisis-spawned revolution never upended relationships between law departments and law firms deserves reflection."

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