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2023 Law Department Management Benchmarking Survey

ACC and Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) present the 2023 Law Department Management Benchmarking Report, a key resource for ACC members and the broader in-house community with critical law department financial and operational data to assist legal departments in establishing baselines for performance improvement in the areas of staffing, spending, work allocation, law firm usage, and diversity and inclusion.

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 US dollars)
  • Industry (based on standard industry codes)
  • Company type (public, private, non-profit)
  • Geographic location (country or global region)

Review a sample custom benchmarking report:          Download Sample Report

To request a custom report and for pricing information, please email

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

  • What population does the benchmarking report cover?

    The benchmarking report includes data from 449 legal departments in 20 countries. Review the free executive summary of the report for complete information regarding the methodological scope and population demographics.

  • What metrics are included the report?

    Review the free executive summary to explore the benchmarking metrics included covering the areas of staffing, spending, work allocation, law firms usage, and diversity and inclusion.

  • Can I view a report sample?

    Yes. Click on the "Purchase 2023 Full Report" card above and review the product description at the bottom of the online store page. Sample benchmarking report pages, along with the report's table of contents and full list of tables and figures, are available by clicking on the link in the product description section.

  • How do I access my purchased report?

    You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to your purchased report. You may also download your report from the "My Downloads" section in your ACC online account. Follow these simple instructions to download your report from your online account.

  • Who do I contact if I need assistance?

    If you have any questions related to the content of the report, please email

    If you experience any technical difficulties during the purchase process, please email

  • Can I access benchmarking reports from previous years?

    Yes. Visit our benchmarking reports archive page to review benchmarking reports from previous years.