Legal metrics catch my eye and the Nat’l L.J., Vol. 29, Jan. 8, 2007 at 8, about to Matthew Fawcett, the general counsel of JDS Uniphase Corp., offered some eye-catchers. The profile says that the company’s “legal arm” – it does the legwork? – consists of 30 lawyers and that they perform nine-tenths of their total work in-house. That says to me that of all the legal services needed by JDS Uniphase, only one-tenth is done by external providers.
Now the eyes are caught: a paragraph later, the profile gives Fawcett’s estimate that “66% of the legal department’s annual spending goes to external providers.” Nothing unusual, since a median spending ratio is about 40 percent inside, 60 percent outside.
But, and I’m probably missing something and certainly being microscopic, if two-thirds of that large law department’s budget goes to pay for 10 percent of the company’s legal work, something is out of kilter.