Will litigation grow or lag in 2016? The answer depends on whom you ask. In a survey of law firms and corporate legal departments, one quarter of respondents indicated that litigators would be in demand, with strong hiring in litigation in the first half of 2016. Some legal consultancies, however, forecast a less bullish outlook for litigation in 2016, based on the growing cost of large-scale litigation, the trend in disaggregation of work, and anticipation of a decline in overall work. A major reason for the expectation of this decline is the change in incentives driving merger litigation, which could result in fewer shareholder suits. Continue reading.