Work Area: Law Department Management

Last chance to tell us which of Latin America's top 100 companies your firm represents

The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) is conducting its annual research into which law firms are regularly retained by the region's largest 100 companies.

06 November 2020

More responsibilities, less budget, and learning to juggle the two

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

Doing more with less is a tough challenge. LACCA’s latest legal spend survey found most in-house teams have reduced their legal budget in the last year, a period when workloads have increased and the complexity of legal issues facing companies has deepened as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Balancing less budget with more responsibilities has led GCs across the region to find windows of opportunity in unlikely places.

05 October 2020

Top tips for securing the legal budget your team needs

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

Convincing business leaders to approve proposed budgets for legal departments can be one of the harder tasks of a GC. LACCA’s legal spend survey shows that while most GCs are happy with the budget they receive, there is still room for improvement. The region’s in-house community shares their tried-and-tested methods for securing the budgets they want and improving the legal budget process within their companies.

05 October 2020

The art of negotiation: finding the middle ground for law firm fees

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

LACCA’s latest research into in-house teams’ legal spend shows companies prefer not to pay firms by the hour, but still have to use this fee structure for a significant proportion of the work they hire external counsel for. Against a backdrop of heightened widespread financial uncertainty, how can in-house teams negotiate the best deal with law firms?

05 October 2020

Why are companies sidelining cybersecurity?

Featured in Legal department spend 2020

LACCA’s legal spend survey found a large discrepancy between what in-house departments spend on technology and the amount they dedicate to cybersecurity. As companies strive to keep their businesses fully operational during the covid-19 pandemic, investing in cybersecurity is not high up on GCs’ priority lists but with attacks on the rise, should it be?

05 October 2020

Who are Latin America’s most recommended private practice lawyers?

Featured in LACCA Approved 2021

LACCA has published its latest Approved list, a directory of the region’s most popular private practice lawyers, as voted for by our Latin American in-house counsel community.

05 October 2020

The best private practice lawyers according to in-house counsel

Latin Lawyer’s affiliate LACCA has published its latest Approved list, a directory of the region’s most popular private practice lawyers, as voted for by the Latin American in-house counsel community.

05 October 2020

Ex-partner returns to DLA Piper in Peru as of counsel

DLA Piper (Peru) has rehired a former partner as of counsel to head the firm’s industrial and intellectual property practice.

02 October 2020

New regulations in Mexico shine spotlight on employee well-being

The clock is ticking for Mexican companies to comply with new regulations designed to improve the mental welfare of employees. Ahead of the deadline to comply in October, companies that might have pushed aside the new requirements to focus on covid-19 health and safety regulations must now catch up or risk potentially hefty fines.

08 September 2020

Reach for the KPIs: how do legal teams measure performance?

Latin American legal teams have traditionally shunned key performance indicators (KPIs), often leaving them to professions that more easily lend themselves to quantitative criteria, such as sales roles. But times are changing, and in-house counsel are finding real value in using qualitative KPIs as management tools to improve efficiency. Deciding which ones to implement and translating them to the wider business, however, can prove challenging.

25 August 2020

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