Gartner Research

State of the Legal Function: Key Trends in Department Management

Published: 27 February 2019

ID: G00707692

Analyst(s): Legal and Compliance Research Team


In 2018, we surveyed 322 legal, compliance and privacy executives as a part of our State of the Function series. This research is for general counsel and highlights key findings and trends in legal and compliance management structure, and effectiveness.

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General Counsel as Chief Assurance Executive

Aligned Assurance

Legal Department Organizational Models

Trends in Legal, Compliance and Privacy Staffing

Program Staffing Trends by Industry

Trends in Legal Department and Compliance Program Composition

Emerging Roles Within Legal

The Relative Cost of Legal, Compliance and Privacy Support

Efficient Legal Departments Bring Work In-House

The Slow Automation of Legal Work

Top Risks Across Programs for 2019

GDPR Compliance in 2019

Litigation and Allegation Trends

Perceptions of Legal’s Effectiveness in Key Activities


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