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As legal departments and clients both pare costs, which one exports more tasks to the other?

The law department looks to reduce its budget or headcount by shifting some tasks back to clients, such as minor contracts, administrative help (terminate a secretary in a remote office and have the lawyer there double up on a business unit secretary), review of some marketing material, IT support, etc.). At the same time, a business unit or staff function that has to cut back wants to terminate a contract administrator who had helped the law department, cut back on preventive law training, reduce anti-counterfeiting efforts, or have sales people request contract reviews prematurely.

Both sides want to slough off on the other some of their former obligations. Unlike me to have no opinion, but I do not have any overall sense how the back and forth transfer of costs or work nets out.

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