1. Introduction

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Each year Canadian Lawyer surveys in-house, government, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year we are focusing on certain aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms and service providers.

The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also be reported in the January issue of InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

As is our policy with every Canadian Lawyer survey, all answers will remain confidential and the results will only be presented in aggregate form.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey. The questions marked with an * are mandatory. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 11, 2017. Tell us what you think and enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

* 1. What sector is your company/organization in?

* 2. How many lawyers are there in your legal department?

* 3. What are the key issues in your legal department? Rank these 1-6, with 1 being the most important.

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Managing growth of company/organization
Compliance/Regulatory matters
Risk management
Legal department management & structure/moving to legal operations
Cost containment

* 4. Did the size of your legal department change over the past year?

* 5. What was the external legal spend for the Canadian legal department in your last fiscal year? Exclude GST/HST and all disbursements. Include all budgeted amounts as well as those which were capitalized, charged back to users, or recovered from third parties.