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 Upcoming Events

December 6 to 8, 2009
Torrey Pines, CA
Corporate Counsel Exchange

From Operational Support to Strategic Contributor

- Richard G. Stock

April 12, 2010
Montréal, QC
CCCA Spring Conference

Managing Legal Costs in the New Decade

- Richard G. Stock

April 11 to 13, 2010
Montréal, QC
Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Managing Legal Costs in the New Decade

- Richard G. Stock

Upcoming Articles

CCCA Magazine
Winter 2010

January 2010

ACLA Journal
Winter 2010
Organization and Resources in Large Canadian Law Departments by Richard G. Stock

Does Timekeeping Have a Place in Law Departments by Richard G. Stock

Should Timekeeping Have a Place in Law Departments by Richard G. Stock

Sponsored Programs

Western Canada General Counsel Awards

Catalyst Consulting is proud to take part in the inaugural Western Canada General Counsel Awards (, sponsored by the National Post and ZSA Legal Recruitment, as the sponsor and host for the VIP Reception held on October 27th. The WCGCA will recognize General Counsel active in Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) in five categories: General Counsel of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Tomorrow's Leader, Business Achievement and Commodities Deal of the Year.


Catalyst Consulting is participating as a sponsor of The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association's 15th Annual National Conference in Melbourne on November 12 and 13, 2009. Richard Stock is presenting at this event. 

ACLA / CLANZ Legal Benchmarking Report

The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) and the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) have recently released a Legal Department Benchmarking Report to corporate leaders in Australia and New Zealand responsible for the legal function in their organisations. An on-line survey was conducted in November 2007 to gather a vast array of information on how legal business is conducted in 125 corporations / government departments.

The report provided benchmarking data designed to help manage legal departments.

The survey collected information on

  • roles and responsibilities of legal departments
  • legal department reporting structures
  • workloads
  • most pressing issues facing legal leadership
  • internal and external legal spend
  • distribution of fees and hours by legal specialty
  • technologies used in the legal department
  • performance indicators for the law department
  • protocols applied to control external legal costs
  • ways for law firms to improve working relationships

Catalyst Consulting is ACLA’s Program Partner and facilitated a nation-wide seminar series across Australia in 2008. Report findings were analysed and presented by Richard Stock for both survey participants and non-participants.

For a fee payable to ACLA, the full report is available to non-participants as well as survey participants.

Corporate Counsel Exchange

The West Coast Corporate Counsel Exchange (, to be held on December 6th - 8th, 2009, is an invitation-only gathering for C-level in-house legal executives from America’s leading corporations. The Exchange consists of highly crafted, executive level conference sessions, interactive "Brain Weave" discussions, engaging networking opportunities and strategic one-on-one advisory meetings between solution providers and delegates. Included are a distinguished speaking faculty from Yahoo!, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, AOL, L.G and Time Warner, amongst others. Catalyst Consulting is co-sponsoring the event and Richard Stock is serving as a faculty member for the program.

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