Robert Half Legal Research Reveals Top Challenges Facing Legal Departments In Year Ahead

Robert Half Legal Research Reveals Top Challenges Facing Legal Departments In 
Year Ahead 
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 13, 2013  /CNW/ - Cost containment and compliance 
will be the watch words for corporate counsel in 2013, a new survey suggests. 
Twenty-six percent of lawyers identified compliance and regulatory issues as 
their legal department's greatest business challenge in the coming year. An 
equal percentage ranked the ability to control outside counsel costs as their 
top concern. 
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm 
specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal 
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based 
on telephone interviews with 175 lawyers employed at companies in the United 
States and Canada with 1,000 or more employees. All of the respondents have 
hiring authority within their organizations. 
Lawyers were asked, "Which of the following, if any, will be your legal 
department's single greatest business challenge in 2013?" Their responses: 
|Compliance or regulatory issues            |26%   |
|Controlling outside counsel costs          |26%   |
|Greater workloads                          |20%   |
|Budget reductions                          |12%   |
|Litigation or e-discovery matters          |7%    |
|Employment issues (e.g., hiring, retention)|6%    |
|Other/don't know                           |4%    |
|                                           |101%* |
|                                           |      |
|*Total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding.|
"The ability to manage increased workloads related to compliance, regulation 
and litigation, while containing costs remains a key challenge for many 
corporate legal departments," said Charles Volkert, executive director of 
Robert Half Legal. "General counsel are carefully evaluating the projects 
they're assigning to outside firms, as well as fee arrangements, in an effort 
to control spending." 
Volkert noted that legal departments are hiring experienced lawyers, 
compliance administrators and contract managers on a full-time and interim 
basis to handle more legal projects in-house, as well as looking for 
third-party vendors to provide support. "Service providers that can work with 
internal teams and outside counsel on large-scale litigation and e-discovery 
matters often are able to save clients time and money," he said. 
About Robert Half Legal Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of 
Robert Half International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal 
departments with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals 
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North 
American and global locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review 
and e-discovery services. More information, including online job search 
services, can be found at 
Lisa Hamilton, +1-650-234-6234, 
SOURCE: Robert Half Legal 
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