Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | July 29, 2014 | By Sue Reisinger

While the percentage of companies ready to handle a data breach has steadily grown over the last year, a large number of general counsel still say their businesses are not prepared to defend against a cybersecurity incident, according to a new survey.

Some 49 percent of GCs surveyed by the Consero Group don’t believe their companies are adequately prepared when it comes to a data breach. “I think clearly there is room for improvement here,” Paul Mandell, Consero’s founder and chief executive, told CorpCounsel.com Monday.

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Originally Published in The Law Society Gazette | July 28, 2014 | Kathleen Hall

General counsel in the financial services and insurance industries are keeping legal work in-house despite an increase in the volume of cases in the past 12 months, a survey has found.

According to the Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Data Survey by US consultancy Consero, 80% of chief litigation officers say they are not delegating more legal work to outside counsel.

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Originally Published in Bloomberg BNA | July 25, 2014

July 23 — Most chief litigation officers in the financial services and insurance industries report having sufficient resources to manage their company’s legal work internally, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

Eighty percent of those surveyed said they are not delegating more work to outside counsel than they did 12 months ago, according to the July 9 survey. Consero conducted the survey in May 2014 among 44 leaders of Fortune 1000 company litigation departments.

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BETHESDA, Md- (July 24, 2014) – Fifty-one percent of General Counsel reported an increase in budget over the last twelve months, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the General Counsel Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Bloomberg Businessweek | July 24, 2014 | By Paul M. Barrett

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Big Law—the business of providing legal services via independent professional partnerships—is going through a rocky period. Consolidation and culture change are the themes of the day. The inability of famous brand names, such as Patton Boggs, to survive on their own, not to mention the implosion of august partnerships such as Dewey & LeBoeuf and Howrey, speak to tumultuous times.

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BETHESDA, Md- (July 23, 2014) – Eighty percent of Chief Litigation Officers in the financial services and insurance industries say they are not delegating more of the company’s legal work to outside counsel than they did 12 months ago, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | July 23, 2014 | By Sue Reisinger

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Although most chief litigation officers in the financial services and insurance industries said their companies have a good relationship with regulators, at least 40 percent labeled that relationship “negative,” according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Supply Chain Management Review | July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Burnson

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Sixty-five percent of Shared Services executives from Fortune 1000 companies do not believe their vendors are sufficiently focused on minimizing risk, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | July 10, 2014 | By Erika Mark

A first job brings an inevitable whirlwind of experiences: successes, failures, and everything in between. Battling through the daily grind can make it hard to realize how your work is contributing to your professional development. However, it is important to recognize that these experiences are much more than just a way to pay the rent; they are great opportunities to build an arsenal of tools that will support you through your entire career. Keeping this idea in the back of your mind can make the day-to-day less mundane, while also helping you proactively lay groundwork for future endeavors. Below are some skills young employees should pursue and exercise in their first jobs to give themselves a clearer path to professional success.

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | By Paul Mandell | July 9, 2014

As any general counsel will tell you, managing an in-house legal team requires support, whether the department has hundreds of employees or merely one. A large budget for more staff and technology can certainly help, but the most valuable forms of support come simply from developing effective partnerships with the other functions of the company. For those general counsel looking to ease their efforts without the benefit of a bigger budget, consider the following suggestions to develop transformative internal partnerships.

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