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Managing litigation budgets & outside counsel: Best practices

April 16, 202412:00PM EDT


Craig Batchelor explored best practices drawn from our nearly 15-year experience and our $7 billion portfolio of commercial litigation and arbitration. Watch the recorded webcast using the form to the right.

Even businesses with significant experience in litigation welcome best practices in two critical aspects of high-value commercial disputes: ensuring accurate litigation budgets and managing outside counsel. 

In this webcast, Burford shared best practices drawn from its nearly 15-year experience and its $7 billion portfolio of commercial litigation and arbitration.  

While disputes are inherently unpredictable, Burford helps funded clients accurately budget for their significant commercial litigation and arbitration and optimize the work of outside counsel.  

Burford’s Craig Batchelor, who helps manage its portfolio, lead the discussion with a leading Big Law partner on how senior in-house lawyers can work with outside counsel to build accurate budgets and implement effective strategies: 

  • Best practices to support accurate litigation budgeting 

  • Best practices to manage outside counsel  

  • How legal finance works with businesses and law firms to manage budgets and optimize outcomes 

The webcast took place April 16 at 12:00PM EDT 


Craig Batchelor

Craig Batchelor
Director, Burford Capital

Craig Batchelor is a Director with responsibility for managing investments in Burford’s US  portfolio.

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Collin Cox
Partner, Gibson Dunn

Collin Cox is co-partner in charge of the Houston office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a business trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial cases. Mr. Cox has been a lead trial lawyer in computer software trade-secrets cases, several actions related to the Bernard L. Madoff fraud, fraudulent-transfer cases, royalty disputes, patent litigation, and other business crisis situations. 

Lauren Friedman K&S

Lauren Friedman
Partner, King & Spalding

Lauren Friedman handles international arbitration matters in English and Spanish, with emphasis on issues involving New York law as well as Latin America. Lauren's practice focuses on energy, investor-state disputes, and post-acquisition disputes, and she also has significant experience on disputes involving the financial sector. Lauren has handled some of the highest-profile and largest investment-treaty disputes to date, including multiple cases valued in the billions of dollars. She has served as lead counsel in high-value disputes, and regularly serves as lead oral advocate in final hearings. Lauren prides herself on her ability to balance the details with the high-level strategy for the case.