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Purging 80 percent of your law firms and permitting the survivors only alternative billing

ITV, the public broadcasting network for TV in Britain, slashed the number of external law firms it uses from almost 50 to nine, according to Corp. Counsel, Vol. 16, Feb. 2009 at 52. Moreover, group legal director and general counsel Andrew Garard selected the nine firms for three-year terms and “None of the firms will bill us with reference to a measure of time on any matters.”

A brave claim and I hope Garard can pull it off. All of the firms are large and well-known, so this blog, at the least will watch for how the experiment works out.