Ask and You Shall Receive
Corporate law departments can use requests for proposals for legal service (RFPs) to introduce greater discipline into the process by which they select and retain outside service providers. A well-drafted RFP can lead to a more informed decision in that respect and yield a more defensible choice that also satisfies law departments' increasing need for data and metrics-based processes.
The process of creating an RFP leads in-house counsel through a more thorough examination of their companies' needs for external service and the best choices for meeting those needs. A well-drafted RFP puts more control in the hands of the law department and enables it to specify its needs and expectations regarding external legal service much more than traditional methods of identifying and selecting outside counsel.