A brief statement in Met. Corp. Counsel, Vol. 15, May 2007 at 41, by an Eversheds partner should give readers of this post a new idea. Paul Smith mentions that some competitive bids “begin with an RFD – a Request for Discussion – when the company seeks ideas for its projects from a number of law firms, before issuing the RFP.”
In other words, canvass your key law firms’ relationship partners and pick their brains for ideas on how to accomplish something. I have seen this done with outside counsel guidelines: ask a few partners to give their views on what the guidelines cover and the rules they lay down.