From talent mgt., June 2010 at 36, we can find out about five varieties of conflict. Each of them flares up in legal departments.
Process: such as if two managers of litigation each believe that their way to handle litigation holds is the right way.
Role: such as if the patent lawyers think they should take the lead drafting licensing agreements that cover IP but operational lawyers that serve the business units disagree.
Directional: if the Associate General Counsel for Europe thinks one firm should handle nearly all instructions whereas the Associate General Counsel for Asia/Pacific argues loudly for a full panel of firms.
Interpersonal: such as when an extrovert paralegal can’t stand the timid, mousy, withdrawn introvert paralegal, who in turn despises the full-of-himself, noisy, showoff hotdog extrovert.
External: such as when the SEC investigates a possible violation of the FCPA.