ACC Files Letter Urging UK Financial Conduct Authority to Omit Head of Legal Function from Senior Managers Regime

On January 9, 2017, ACC submitted a letter to the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in response to regulations including the head of the legal function in the Senior Managers Regime (SMR). ACC argues the effort, aimed increasing accountability … Continue reading

ACC Supports Proposed Rule on Privilege Between Clients and Patent Practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

On December 19th, ACC and its Intellectual Property Committee filed comments with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office in support of its proposed rule recognizing privileged communications between clients and patent practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). … Continue reading

Nominations Open for ACC Advocacy Award

Do you know someone who has helped advance issues critical to ACC members? Have you? The ACC Advocacy Award will recognize an individual, group, ACC chapter or committee who has advanced a core ACC advocacy issue in the past year … Continue reading

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  1. In-House Teams Bypass Noise in the Middle with Direct Briefing
    Lawyers Weekly (Australia) covers the recent trend where corporate legal departments brief barristers directly rather than work through solicitors, which saves on external legal costs.
  2. Australian Company Lawyers Cut Big Firm Crust
    Australian Financial Review covers law department management achievements of the finalists for the ACC In-house Lawyer Awards and quotes ACC Australia president Adrian Goss on overall trends.
  3. Law Firm Competition: Buyers Become a New Entrant
    LexisNexis Business of Law Blog cites ACC research on insourcing and notes the launch of ACC Legal Operations in an article about a new era of competition for law firms.
  4. AIG Announces Its Creating a Legal Ops Consultancy
    Corporate Counsel reports that AIG will start its own legal operations consultancy, news that the company announced at the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting.
  5. Why GCs Should Look Beyond Arbitration
    Law360 writes about a session on arbitration at the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting, noting that 21 states with business court programs as of 2014.