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  • 2021

    2021 Law Department Management Benchmarking Report

    ACC and Major, Lindsey & Africa present the 2021 Law Department Management Benchmarking Report, which includes dozens of key financial and operational metrics covering legal department structure, staffing, spending, work allocation, use of law firms and alternative legal service providers, and diversity and inclusion.

    The full benchmarking report contains the overall results for 493 participating legal departments and breakdowns of the data for four demographic segments:

    1. Company revenue (6 categories)
    2. Industry sector (22 categories)
    3. Legal department staff size (5 categories)
    4. Company type (5 categories)

    Download Executive Summary     Purchase Full Report     Review Table of Contents     View a Sample

     

    Custom Benchmarking Reports

    We understand that for a more valuable benchmarking analysis you will need the data only among a clearly defined apples-to-apples peer group combining multiple organization parameters. With a custom report, you can define the population to compare against and we provide a tailored report that more closely matches your benchmarking needs.

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

    • Company revenue (total gross annual in USD)
    • Legal spend (inside, outside, total)
    • Industry (based on standard industry codes)
    • Company type (public, private, non-profit, subsidiary, other)
    • Geographic location (country or global region)

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

     

    Complimentary Benchmarking Consultation for ACC Members

    ACC is proud to partner with Smarter Law Solutions to help ACC members make the most of the data presented in the 2021 Law Department Management Benchmarking Report. ACC members have access to a complimentary consultation where Smarter Law Solutions provides a "bottom line" analysis of your legal department performance using ACC benchmarking data and information provided by you, together with advice on the implications for legal coverage, compliance, and client satisfaction for your business.

    Learn more about our partnership with Smarter Law Solutions and request your free benchmarking consultation on www.acc.com/smarterlaw.

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    Law Department Benchmarking Survey

    The 2021 Law Department Benchmarking Survey is still open for participation. All corporate legal departments globally are eligible to participate, but organizations should submit one response only. Please double check with us if you are unsure about whether your legal department has already participated. Survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the benchmarking report after submitting a complete response to the survey.

    Email research@acc.com if you have any questions.

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  • 2019

    2019 Law Department Management Reports

    The 2019 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 sections below focuses on a specific population, namely revenue bracket, industry, legal department staff size, and company type, with the purpose of allowing for more direct and relevant peer comparison. These reports include over 100 critical metrics.

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    Company Size Reports

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    Industry Reports

    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. All data is provided separately and collectively for finance, insurance, and real estate. [147 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    This report includes data for 86 legal departments in the Information Technology based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code 737. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. All data is provided separately and collectively for computer programming services and for prepackaged software. [134 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    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. All data is reported separately and collectively for chemicals and allied products, industrial machinery and equipment, electronic equipment, transportation equipment, and instruments and related products. [154 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    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. All data is reported separately and collectively for business services, health services, and engineering and management services. [151 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    This report includes data for 75 legal departments in the wholesale trade industry based on Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes 50-51. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, company type, and legal department staff size. All data is reported separately and collectively for durable and non-durable goods. [131 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    Legal Department Staff Size Reports

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

    Company Type Reports

    This report includes data for 248 legal departments in private companies. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, legal department staff size, and industry. Industries reported include manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, and services. [138 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    This report includes data for 158 departments in public companies. The complete suite of 100+ metrics are listed for this population and are further segmented by revenue, legal department staff size, and industry. Industries reported include manufacturing, wholesale trade, finance, insurance, real estate, and services. [133 pages]. Review Table of Contents.

    Regional Reports

    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]. Review Table of Contents.

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 1-hour 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.

  • What population do the benchmarking reports cover?

    The benchmarking reports include information from 493 legal departments in 30 countries. See the free executive summary report available for download for complete information regarding the methodological scope and population demographics.

  • What metrics are included the reports?

    See the free executive summary available for download to review the benchmarking metrics included.

  • Can I view a sample report?

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

  • How do I access my purchased report?

    You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to your purchased report. You may also follow the four simple steps in the guide below to access and download you purchased report(s) from the "My Downloads" section in your ACC online account.

    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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