Staffing Flexibility Addresses Client Needs and Delivers Greater Value
In their efforts to realize greater value from the work of their outside counterparts, many in-house lawyers have pursued convergence programs and otherwise restructured their use of external resources. Those efforts often include some movement away from larger law firms, which tend to be more expensive, in favor of regional and boutique firms that have lower hourly rates.
The work may not change as dramatically as the type of resource put into place, of course, so corporate law departments might find themselves in need of more "horsepower" than the smaller firms can quickly call on. A solution to that dilemma can be the involvement of temporary or "contract" attorneys who possess specific capabilities for specific needs.