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Allocating budget cuts to division of units

It’s a simple statement, “The law department will reduce its budget by six percent.” It may be far more complicated, however, to allocate that overall budget reduction to specific business units or specialty functions.

For example, if outside counsel spending must drop by $800,000, how do you know whether it is the widget unit that must spend less or the floozis unit? And should the patent group have a set amount by which its budget is reduced? These details of allocating budget cuts are the devil.