ACC Releases New Digital Guide for Managing Legal Costs in Europe Business Wire WASHINGTON -- April 18, 2013 The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 30,000 in-house counsel, recently launched a digital guide for the corporate counsel community on managing legal costs and outside counsel relationships in Europe. The resource provides access to select resources on any web-enabled device, including tablets and smartphones, and sharing via social media. The effort to control legal costs is now a global one. In particular, European general counsel have increasingly focused on introducing commonsense business practices. To that end, this new online resource, Guide to the ACC Value Challenge in Europe, provides general counsel with tools for operating their law departments and managing costs in a global business environment, and highlights methods for optimizing legal resources within and outside the organization. The 75-plus-page guide is divided into two parts, which focus on creating a successful foundation and identifying ways to effectively manage costs and outside counsel relationships in Europe. The guide offers tools and resources on defining strategies to create higher value, communicating in a cross-border market, determining metrics, clarifying spending, enhancing available resources, and setting the stage for implementing effective alternative fee arrangements. Importantly, this guide also features anecdotes on managing relationships, driving value internally and measuring success from top-level general counsel and law firm partners from such organizations as BT Global Services UK, Eversheds, HJ Heinz and others. “ACC created the guide to assist both in-house and outside counselwith improving legal service offerings and increasing efficiency, whileworkinginthe changing European marketplace,” explained Veta T. Richardson, ACC's president and chief executive officer. “By implementing value-based fee arrangements,in-house counselare also able to better predict budgetary needs and improve results.” As a component of the ACC Value Challenge, an initiative launched in 2008 to reconnect the value and the cost of legal services, the guide addresses pressures placed on corporate counsel to expand business to wider territories with limited resources and serves as a go-to resource for management. Links to additional relevant ACC Value Challenge guides are embedded throughout the guide. To access the Guide to the ACC Value Challenge in Europe, visit www.acc.com/valuechallenge/europe. About ACC Europe: ACC members in Europe are also members of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe (ACC Europe), one of ACC’s 54 chapters worldwide. With more than 1800 members across Europe, ACC Europe offers a unique pan-regional perspective on issues such as cross-border transactions, conflicts of laws, and civil and common law comparisons to help members address the needs of companies doing business in Europe. ACC Europe provides extensive networking opportunities to further the understanding of international legal practice and promotes cross-border interaction. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.^® For more information, visit www.acce.com and follow ACC on Twitter http://twitter.com/ACCinhouse. About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. The association, which is celebrating its 30^th anniversary, has more than 30,000 members in more than 75 countries, employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.^® For more information, visit www.acc.com and follow ACC on Twitter http://twitter.com/ACCinhouse. Contact: Association of Corporate Counsel Marthea Davis, +1 202-349-1519 firstname.lastname@example.org
ACC Releases New Digital Guide for Managing Legal Costs in Europe
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