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2019 Benchmarking Reports Now Available!

Download the high-level summary report featuring metrics on staffing, spending, workload, law firm usage, technology adoption, and performance scoring.

Download the Free Summary      Participating Organizations

The 2019 suite of law department management benchmarking reports feature data from a total of 508 law departments across 70 industries and 30 countries. Each report listed in the expandable rows below focuses on a specific population such as industry affiliation, revenue bracket, and legal department staff size, with the purpose of allowing for more direct and relevant peer comparison. These reports include over 100 critical metrics and cover the areas mentioned below. A complete list of metrics can be found in the free summary report available for download above.

Department Structure

  • Includes degree of centralization geographically and by reporting structure and location of company regional operations.

Staffing [24 metrics]

  • Includes number of legal staff across six positions, lawyer-to-staff ratios, and lawyers per $1 billion in revenue.

Spending [37 metrics]

  • Includes budget-to-spend ratios, inside/outside spend distribution, and cost per lawyer-hour.

Staff Workload and Work Allocation [29 metrics]

  • Includes number of contracts and litigation matters handled annually, sourcing work (law firms, ALSPs, insource, etc.), and in-house work distribution by staff position.

Use of Law Firm and Fee Structures [30+ metrics]

  • Includes number of law firms employed across 30 practice areas, number of "significant" law firms employed, and percentage of outside counsel spend by fee type.

Technology Adoption

  • Adoption rates across 12 key legal technology solution areas, most commonly used vendors and systems, and average vendor satisfaction ratings.

Performance Assessment

  • A gap analysis is provided across 10 different department performance attributes indicating where departments are performing well and where departments have room for improvement.

View a Sample    Find out how to make the most out of the benchmarking data by visiting www.acc.com/smarterlaw.

 

2019 Reports

  • Company Size Reports

    Large Company Supplement

    This report includes data for 121 legal departments in companies with greater than $3 billion in annual gross revenue. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [127 pages]

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    Mid-Size Company Supplement 

    This report includes data for 248 legal departments in companies with between $100 million and $2.9 billion in annual gross revenue. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [126 pages]

    Table of Contents

    Small Company Supplement

    This report includes data for 130 legal departments in companies with less than $100 million in annual gross revenue. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [122 pages]

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  • Industry Reports

    Manufacturing Industry Supplement

    This report includes data for 170 legal departments in the manufacturing industry based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes 20-39. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [154 pages]

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    Services Industry Supplement

    This report includes data for 222 legal departments in the services industry based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes 70-89. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [151 pages]

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    Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Industry Supplement

      This report includes data for 94 legal departments in the finance, insurance, and real estate industries based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes 60-67. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [147 pages]

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        COMING SOON: Wholesale trade industry supplement.

      • Legal Department Staff Size Reports

        1 to 9 Legal Department Staff Supplement

        This report includes data for 302 legal departments that employ between 1 and 9 total legal staff. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [128 pages]

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        10 to 24 Legal Department Staff Supplement

        This report includes data for 77 legal departments that employ between 10 and 24 total legal staff. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [120 pages]

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        25+ Legal Department Staff Supplement

        This report includes data for 107 legal departments that employ at least 25 total legal staff. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. [119 pages]

        Table of Contents

      • Company Type Reports

        COMING SOON: Public and private company reports.

      • Regional Reports

        Australia Supplement

        This report includes data for 67 legal departments in companies headquartered in Australia. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by company revenue, company type, legal staff size, and number of lawyers. [136 pages]

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      • Custom Reports

        Benchmarking reports can be customized to your organization's peer group based on:

        • Company revenue (total gross annual in $US)
        • Legal spend (inside, outside, total)
        • Industry (based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes)
        • Company type (public, private, non-profit, other)
        • Geographic location (country or global region)

        You define the population you would like to compare against and we provide a tailored report to fit your requirements.

        To request a custom report or for more information, please email research@acc.com.

         

      • Archive

        2018 Company Size Reports

        Large Company Supplement

        • This report includes data for 132 legal departments in companies with greater than $3 billion in annual gross revenue.

        Mid-Size Company Supplement

        • This report includes data for 655 legal departments in companies with between $100 million and $2.9 billion in annual gross revenue.

        Small Company Supplement

        • This report includes data for 485 legal departments in companies with less than $100 million in annual gross revenue.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      • How can I use the benchmarking data in my department?

        ACC Research has partnered with Smarter Law Solutions to offer a free benchmarking consultation for ACC members. Our benchmarking reports help legal departments to establish where they currently are relative to their peers, but Smarter Law analysis takes the next key steps by showing what these results mean and how they can be improved in tangible, practical ways. The consultation involves a 45 minute phone briefing and delivers a high-level report of the next steps to take in optimizing department cost, headcount, and legal coverage. Learn more by visiting www.acc.com/smarterlaw.

      • Can I still participate in the 2019 Benchmarking Survey?

        Yes. Survey submissions will be accepted throughout the remainder of 2019. All survey participants will receive an exclusive participant report upon completion. 

        To participate in the survey or to find out whether your legal department has already participated, please email research@acc.com.

         

      • What population do the benchmarking reports cover?

        The benchmarking reports include information from 508 legal departments in 30 countries. See the free executive summary report download for complete information regarding the methodological scope and population demographics.

      • Can I view a sample report?

        Yes. Sample benchmarking report pages are available by clicking on the "View a Sample" button in the introductory text above.

      • How do I access my purchased report?

        Please follow the four simple steps in the Access Guide below to access you purchased report(s).

        Access Guide

      • Who do I contact if I need assistance?

        For questions related to the benchmarking subject matter, please email research@acc.com

        For technical web issues, please email web@acc.com

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