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The CPR Institute has teamed with General Counsel Metrics LLC, of Princeton, N.J., to research the effects of ADR methods on corporate legal costs and staffing. 

GC Metrics conducts the largest benchmark survey for legal departments in the world.  Its first release this year went in early June to 332 participating departments, and it expects to exceed 1,000 law departments by the end of of 2012. 

You can read more about the survey work by the firm and its president, law firm consultant Rees Morrison, at Morrison’s blog, www.lawdepartmentmanagementblog.com.

If you would like to participate in the CPR-GC Metric survey, go here.

At the link, you will find the brief, confidential survey.  There are questions on the company background, and the core benchmark data inquiries.

The research will examine the basic metrics of CPR law department supporters to those of comparable companies. 

You do not need to be a general counsel to complete the survey.

If you submit your department’s data before the end of July, you will get the second release from GC Metrics shortly thereafter, at no cost.

The key areas that the survey examines are
  • the number of lawyers, paralegals, and other staff broken out as of Dec. 31, 2011;
  • the internal and external legal spend during fiscal 2011; and
  • company revenue during fiscal 2011. 
Only aggregated and normalized information is included in the releases, such as the median of lawyers per billion dollars of revenue.  The releases provide 25 benchmark metrics for 26 industries and about 15 countries as well as data by size of law department and corporate revenue.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Rees Morrison, General Counsel Metrics president, at Rees@ReesMorrison.com, or E-mail info@cpradr.org.

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