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The inaugural BusyLamp Legal Operations Benchmarking report documents the findings of a survey of legal departments from around the world and of varying profiles. The report looks at similarities and differences across industries, legal expenditures, legal department sizes, and geographies, and explores how certain trends are impacting other factors. The survey of 21 multiple choice […]

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