This article was written by Eric Laughlin, managing director of the Corporate Counsel segment at Thomson Reuters, and was featured on Metropolitan Corporate Counsel online.

Everyone has the same 24-hour day, but the demands placed on that time are higher than ever before, especially for legal departments. To manage the pressure, legal departments now are implementing tools and leveraging services that increase efficiency and improve productivity.

Most legal departments deal with a broad spectrum of issues. When a specialty issue or matter arises, that work is often sent to outside counsel – whether large, time-consuming litigation or something smaller, such as an employment matter in another jurisdiction. But interestingly, more of this work is staying in-house: a recent survey of nearly 600 in-house attorneys conducted by Thomson Reuters showed that more than three-quarters of legal departments’ outsourced work has either decreased or stayed at the same level over the past two years.

Read the full article on the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website.

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