The former general counsel of Bombardier urges in the ACC Docket, Sept. 2010 at Supp. 7, a link in addition to relationship partners between a legal department and its primary law firms. Daniel Desjardins “believes that it is equally important – for both the firm and the law department – to have direct channels of communication between the GC and the firm’s managing partner.”
Necessarily this would apply to only a few firms given time commitments on both sides. Necessarily this requires coordination between the general counsel and the oversight lawyer inside so that they don’t contradict. Necessarily this means more briefings and preparation. All things considered, I would not consider this necessary or a worthwhile idea.