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GCs welcome updates from firms about developments in the law, if timely and practical

A general counsel at a FTSE 100 company told the authors of an article in, November 27, 2006 of receiving more than 30 updates on Three Rivers [an important House of Lords decision], “but not a single one told them what the impacts might be for his company.”

As evidenced by this anecdote, the sheer volume of legal updates that flow into law departments is awesome. Law firms woke up to the idea of marketing at the same time that desktop publishing and e-mail made it much easier to publish and deliver a steady stream of updates to clients. Even so, lawyers in companies most deeply appreciate news updates that go beyond noting a change or issue to outlining the practical steps that the law department should take in response.