AQuarterly November 2017

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A collection of the latest Acritas insights and developments from November 2017

  Effectiveness of CI in law firms rated as 6.4 out of 10 on average

  60% of companies allocate legal spend inefficiently

  Baker McKenzie is the world’s strongest law firm brand for the 8th consecutive year

  Thomson Reuters named as the most innovative alternative legal brand by GCs 

►  Driving high performance top of the agenda at Annual Legal Leadership meetings 

  Acritas welcomes Steve Blundell as Head of new advisory service
 

Effectiveness of CI in law firms rated as 6.4 out of 10 on average

Data is the cornerstone of smart decisions. Yet law firm leaders do not rate their intelligence functions as effective – just 6.4 on a scale of 10 on average.

Law firms are also thirsty for data that could make them more competitive, but few are using it for proactive, strategic planning. Our survey found 8 percent of firms believe their competitive intelligence functions are highly effective.

Learn where law firms are in the evolution of CI, what challenges they’re facing and what it takes to bring the function to the next level in The Evolution of Law Firm Competitive Intelligence, produced in partnership with Marcie Shunk of The Tilt Institute.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

 

60% of companies allocate spend inefficiently

We have analyzed how legal functions currently balance their external and internal resources, including typical numbers of in-house lawyers, to reveal how an optimal budget allocation can be achieved.

Our analysis shows that organizations should allocate between 40 and 70% of their legal spend budget internally in order to maximize efficiency. Presently 60% of organizations globally report internal allocations of budget outside of this range.
 
The pattern differs by country and industry sector, as our latest report, shared with all Sharplegal respondents, reveals. 

DISCOVER MORE

 

Baker McKenzie is the world’s strongest law firm brand for the 8th consecutive year

Baker McKenzie continues to dominate on consideration for multi-jurisdictional deals and litigation aided by its vast footprint and widely admired approach to managing global client relationships. 
 
Spend on domestic legal services from US companies has been fairly flat over the last ten years, while demand for US legal advice from non-US based multi-nationals has been increasing. As a result, firms with both a strong US presence and an international network from which to leverage US work from non-US multi-nationals, have reaped the rewards in terms of brand equity, as Lisa reveals in her video analysis of this year’s rankings.

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Thomson Reuters named as the most innovative alternative legal brand by GCs

Thomson Reuters has been named the top brand in our exciting new Index. The Global Alternative Legal Brand Index reflects the increasing diversity of legal services providers that in-house departments can turn to today. The results are based on the views and opinions of 600+ senior legal professionals representing some of the world’s largest companies.

Thomson Reuters Legal President Susan Taylor Martin sat down with our CEO, Lisa, to discuss the new Index, the role of technology in innovation, and the Thomson Reuters approach to customer-focused solutions. 

WATCH THE INTERVIEW

 

Driving high performance top of the agenda at Annual Legal Leadership meetings

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our London and New York Advisory Board Dinner recently. Both evenings involved lively and thought-provoking discussions to drive higher performance on both sides of the client-law firm relationship.

As always we were encouraged to hear how you are using Acritas data and we look forward to supporting you all going forwards.

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

 

Acritas welcomes Steve Blundell as Head of new advisory service

Based in Acritas’ London office, Steve joined our team in October as head of our new consulting service line, Acritas Advisors. Putting our teams together will enable Acritas to offer more holistic solutions to clients.

This month Steve shared his view on the future of law firm management in his latest blog - Should Law Firms be Worrying About Judgement Day?

READ STEVE'S LATEST BLOG

 

 

As we approach December, the team here continue to encourage more data-driven decision making, with attention turning to the legal market trends tracked and measured in our Sharplegal study, comprising 2,000+ in-depth interviews with senior legal buyers across the world every year.

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