Microsoft is Overhauling How it Hires Outside Law Firms

Microsoft’s “preferred provider program” will undergo a significant redesign in the next 12-18 months to prioritise firms with expertise in specific practice areas rather than general services, and will experiment with so-called “affinity relationships”.

The new program will also aim to create direct connections between female associates and minority associates and Microsoft’s junior attorneys.

According to Lucy Endel Bassli, Assistant General Counsel of Legal Operations and Contracting:

“We’d like to shake up the traditional relationship of one managing partner to one senior attorney in our department.”