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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 »

What are the Going Law Firm Billing Rates by Practice Area?

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The first of six key metrics in the newest edition of the Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report covers the going law firm billing rates by practice area.  The data is based on $18 billion in legal invoices processed through the CounselLink systems since 2009. The data presented in the chart nearby (click here or image for higher resolution), is a ... 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 »

Infographic Friday: The Case Against Billable Hours

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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 »