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P&C Insurance Carriers Favor Flat Fees; Not All AFAs Apply

P&C Insurance Carriers Favor Flat Fees; Not All AFAs Apply

Property & Casualty (P&C) carrier legal and claims departments prefer using flat fee-based alternative fee arrangements (AFA) over any other type of alternative billing method, says a new survey, the third in a series conducted by the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. Eighty-two percent of P&C carrier legal and claims departments say flat fee AFAs are most effective in terms of helping ... Read More »

Study: AFAs Proliferate for P&C legal matters

Study AFAs Proliferate in P&C Claims and Law Departments

Alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) use is rising among property and casualty (P&C) insurance carrier legal and claims departments, according a new survey, the third such survey in a series, by the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. The use of AFAs moved up from 69 percent in August 2015, to healthy 76.9 percent. In other words, nearly 80 percent of this segment of ... Read More »

Big Data: Steady but Subtle Increase in AFAs Use

Big Data Steady but Subtle Increase in AFAs Use

Subtle but steady – that’s what the data has to say about alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) – according to our own Kris Satkunas writing for InsideCounsel: AFAs rising: Data shows subtle but steady increase in non-traditional billing. The study reveals the overall number of legal departments actively engaging in AFAs grew sharply, to the tune of 76 percent, up from ... Read More »

History and Origin of the Billable Hour

History and Origin of the Billable Hour

The billable hour is a persistent topic, arguably because it’s so central to the business of law and indeed the larger business community. While there is strong case to suggest alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) have sustainable traction there’s also evidence that significant current trends in legal pricing are based in some part on the billable hour. The billable hour persists, as ... Read More »

Why the Billable Hour Persists

Why the Billable Hour Persists

The UK-based Legal Futures published a story today with an eye catching headline that we’ve observed making some rounds in industry newsletters and social media: Exclusive: in-house lawyers complain about firms failing to offer pricing options. The story is based on survey of 50 large law firms and 40 in-house legal teams which found: The vast majority, 93%, of law ... Read More »

Insurance Best Practice: How to Implement AFAs in Phases

Insurance Best Practice How to Implement AFAs in Phases

According to data from the latest Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report, the insurance industry experiences the lowest volatility in legal fees.  The report notes “volatility is a calculated indicator of blended rate variability.  Higher numbers suggest a better opportunity to negotiate rates and or the assigned time keeper mix.” On this graph, the vertical markets of “Regulatory & Compliance” and ... Read More »

AFAs:  A Budget with Consequences

AFAs A Budget with Consequences

Over the span of a decade, one company says it more than tripled its revenue while cutting its legal spend by a little more than 30%, while only adding four more in-house attorneys over four years. That seems to be a prime example of a corporate legal department doing more with less – and AFAs seem to be a key ... Read More »

How Corporate Legal Can Implement AFAs without FUD

AFAs Matters by Industry

Alternative fee arrangements (AFA) sometimes invoked FUD – or fear, uncertainty and doubt. There’s always risk in trying something new or different, however, we have in among our corporate legal department clients a sizable volume that have found success. Recently, our own Brandi Gunn presented a very compelling, clear and concise webinar that presented the fundamentals of AFAs.  The slides ... Read More »

10 Authentic Tips for implementing AFAs in Legal Billing

10 Legitimate Tips for implementing AFAs in Legal Billing

The alternative fee arrangement or AFA, is one of those recurring trending topics in the legal industry.  It ebbs and flows with arguments on all sides – for, against and undecided. Just ahead of the American Lawyer big law rankings, an article in the Washington Post, which is cited below, made the rounds in news, blogs and social media. We ... Read More »

Infographic Friday: The Case Against Billable Hours

AFAs increase firm size decrease

Data suggests that smaller firms are more inclined to structure alternative fee arrangements (AFA) than larger firms.  However, as so often in law, such assertions –  even data driven assertions – are not always so cut and dry.  Whether that’s true or not might be better answered by saying, “It depends.” It does depend. The graphic below the headline on this ... Read More »