Microsoft rethinks law firm relationships as 13 join alternative billing and diversity initiative

Latham and Simpson Thacher among firms on new programme aiming to increase use of fixed fees

Microsoft is reviewing how it works with its external law firms, placing a stronger focus on alternative fee arrangements, retainer payments, diversity and developing relationships with outside counsel that go beyond the billable hour.

The company’s legal department began using the new approach, dubbed the Strategic Partner Program, on 1 July.

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