Do Partners Fake Praise?
Rees Morrison addresses the tricky matter of whether partners fake praise or otherwise withhold criticism of law department lawyers and their work product. Morrison cites a white paper by search firm BCG that reveals that law firms apparently try to "toady up" to in-house counsel, rarely criticizing even poor work that they do. Morrison criticizes this practice. He writes that:
"Law departments retain outside counsel to bring specialized knowledge to bear, and if a firm forebears, if it thinks that obsequious sucking up keeps clients loyal, it is sadly wrong and ought soon to be discharged."
I think it will probably take just one good legal malpractice case to straighten this problem out.
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 31, 2006 at 03:53 PM | Permalink
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