In-house legal departments are getting fed up with paying outside counsel for soft costs like food and photocopying fees, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.
In-house counsel are pushing back against law firms charging them for legal research, photocopying and word processing costs according to a study cited in the article.
Companies’ legal departments argue that these costs are included in law firm overhead and therefore should not be charged to them.
So, here’s our question for you:
Should companies be charged for soft costs like catered lunches and photocopying by outside counsel?
Leave a comment below or email me.
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- Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. named a new general counsel.
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- Transocean Ltd.’s general counsel resigned.
- Spirit AeroSystems Inc. named a new general counsel.
- University of California San Francisco’s chief legal counsel retired after 30 years.
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