ACC In-house Trends Report

Based on responses from 1,800 in-house counsel in 53 countries, the Global Perspectives: ACC In-house Trends Report reveals insights that lawyers, department leaders, aspiring in-house counsel, law firms and anyone working with inside counsel can use to plan a positive future. It covers trending topics such as the inside-outside counsel relationship, career mobility, professional development, department resource allocation, cybersecurity, professional privilege, and more. Interviews with global in-house counsel sharing their experiences are also included.

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The price of this item for ACC Members is $150

Non-Member Price

The price of this item for non-ACC Members is $450

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An omnibus survey of in-house counsel, this report covers topics of interest to the entire in-house counsel community, including providers and partners. Each topic is examined across regions, company revenue categories and more. Legal service providers will use this data to guide their relationships with in-house lawyers, departments can benchmark practices and experience with departments around the world and individual lawyers will use this data to benchmark their careers. The report covers:

  • Outside counsel relationships
  • Legal professional privilege
  • Cybersecurity and technology
  • M&A
  • Cross-border work and relocation
  • Diversity
  • Global business practice
  • Changing jobs and/or careers
  • Career development
  • Returning to work after a leave
  • Professional background of In-house counsel
  • Perceptions of compensation

Example of findings:

  • The perception of in-house counsel has steadily risen over the past several decades. Fifty-eight percent of respondents agree that they now enjoy the same status as outside counsel. Read the report to see the regional variation on this topic.
  • Sixty-five percent of female lawyers found it difficult to find a new position after a two-year or more absence from the workforce.
  • Thirty-six percent of US respondents stated their companies have changed how they do business as a result of recent regulatory action. See how the EU-US Privacy Shield is impacting European CLOs.
  • Six percent say their department tracks the diversity among their outside service providers while 20 percent say their company has a formal program to advance the careers of diverse employees.
  • One in three respondents noted their law department will direct resources to mandatory employee training, and one-quarter will focus resources on data security audits. Sixteen percent of survey respondents will assign a law department member to the data crisis response team.

Custom benchmarking is available. Contact the ACC Research Department at to discuss industry-specific requests custom results of interest. You may also contact Robin Myers, Director of Research, at + ext 396.