Procurement Casts A Long Shadow On GCs And BigLaw

Law360, Chicago (March 25, 2016, 7:54 PM EDT) -- Procurement professionals have been simultaneously viewed as bringing a new discipline to the purchase of legal services and threatening in-house counsel’s autonomy, but a new survey suggests the fears are overblown.

According to the Buying Legal Council’s 2016 Legal Procurement Survey, legal services procurement now influences 86 percent of routine "commodity" legal services purchases, 64 percent of so-called bread-and-butter work and 45 percent of high-end legal services. However, "influence" doesn't mean procurement is running the show and making the calls.

A common fear is that procurement professionals, often lacking a legal background, will remove the nuance from law firm hiring and...

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