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The Chief Legal Officers 2018 Survey

Cover art for the 2018 ACC CLO Survey: a round table surrounded by six chairs. Five chairs are black and one is red. At the cent

Cover art for the 2018 ACC CLO Survey

Nearly every critical business issue facing companies today also has a legal dimension. It is critical for the modern chief legal officer (CLO) to have a seat at the executive table, in the boardroom, and to report directly to the CEO.

Not having your seat at the executive table as the chief legal officer may pose a significant risk to your ability to adequately protect and defend your organization. The ACC CLO Survey shows how more than 1,300 of your CLO peers at other organizations view their role in the boardroom and in working with the CEO.

This extensive survey of issues also enables you to find out what is trending in a variety of other areas, including legal department budgets, law firm turnover, your legal spend, and work allocation.

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ACC conducts a global study annually of the issues and environment in which chief legal officers (CLOs) operate. Based responses from over 1,300 CLOs in 48 countries, the 2018 CLO survey marks the start of the Age of the Chief Legal Officer in which your role is more critical than ever before in protecting your organization.

From the 2018 Survey


of CLOs report that regulatory or governmental changes were top issues for 2018


of CLOs experienced a data breach


of CLOs surveyed planned to add in-house lawyers in 2018


of CLOs planned to increase the law department budget in the next year


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