Best of The Exari Blog, Part 3

About this series: The Exari team has worked for nearly five years to make this blog a complete resource for information about contracts and document assembly. With more than 180 published articles, we thought we would introduce our newer readers to the most popular articles from the archive.

2008 was a major year in Exari’s history. In April, Beacon Equity Partners LLC announced that it would award Exari an investment of $10 million. At that time Beacon Chairman, Ed Mullen said, “We spent a year carefully evaluating the players in this field and we believe Exari is by far the leader. They have an amazing technology solution that delivers huge benefits to clients. With a great patented product and strong teams in the U.S., Australia, and the UK, we’re looking forward to an immediate surge in growth in 2008-2009.”

Exari opened a U.S. headquarters in Boston shortly after that, and did in fact experience rapid growth in both new customers and personnel. Here are the most popular articles from The Exari Blog in 2008.

  1. Why Law Departments Struggle to Improve Productivity
    As mentioned in a previous post, the ACLA/CLANZ Legal Department Benchmarking Report 2008 found that Australian and New Zealand general counsel overwhelmingly view workload / time pressure as the most pressing issue they face. However, relatively few law departments manage to improve their productivity and thereby reduce the workload of their lawyers…read full post
  2. In House Lawyers are the New Black
    In house lawyers are back in vogue. For the first time in years, more GCs plan to hire extra in-house lawyers than not. Indeed, just under half of all GCs surveyed (49%) in the latest Altman Weil Chief Legal Officer Survey (2008) are planning to beef up their internal legal teams. Which is great news for corporate counsel. But bad news for law firms. For while in-house spending is on the way up, “out-house” spending is under the knife, and some firms are facing the bullet…read full post
  3. Benchmarking Data for Australasian Law Departments
    In the United States, legal industry consultants have been publishing law department benchmarking reports for years. (See, for example, the annual law department surveys produced by Hildebrandt and Altman Weil.) Such reports provide the proactive general counsel with lots of useful information for analyzing the current performance of his or her department against that of industry peers and taking corrective action where appropriate. Unfortunately, similar data is far less common for legal departments in other countries…read full post

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