Firms Seek To Win Favor With GCs By Vetting In-House Talent

Law360, New York (August 19, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT) -- In response to high client demand for in-house placements, Singapore firm Rajah & Tann has launched a contract-attorney agency to cut out the middleman and to find and vet short-term attorneys for general counsel — a model that could also work in the U.S., where legal departments turn increasingly to temporary lawyers.

Rajah & Tann made the move after fielding numerous requests over the years to lend attorneys to clients either for secondments or to pitch in on projects when the legal department is running at full capacity, said partner Wilma Cheng, who will run the procurement service. The new service...

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