This article was featured in the Q1 2018 edition of Thomson Reuters Elite’s Forefront newsletter. By Scott McFetters It’s now been 10 years since the economic crisis of 2008 and just under 10 years since the legal market saw the greatest dip in demand for services. The market has stabilized since then, but growth has remained flat. The recently released Thomson Reuters 2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market shows flat growth is expected to continue as well as longer billing/collection cycles and continued downward pressure on realization. And, to top things off, a small uptick in expenses is likely due to an increase in associates’ pay as well as more technology investments due to cyber security and competitive needs. To say these are challenging conditions is an understatement, especially when it comes to managing cash flow while meeting all of the demands of the new market. Preserving cash flow is increasingly a reason we are seeing firms leverage financing to procure software, hardware, and equipment needs. By converting large cash expenses into a predictable monthly expense, firms can extend the expenditure over a period of time that best suits the firm strategically. To learn more, read Scott McFetters’ latest article in Thomson Reuters Elite’s Forefront here. To download a PDF of the full article, click here.