What’s it about?
We developed this course to tackle an inconsistent approach to time recording between lawyers apparently working equally hard. The session clarifies, through examples, many difficult issues faced in practice. It gives participants the tools to make it easier in future to decide where and how to record time and to produce client-friendly narratives that highlight the value of the work done.
Who should attend?
The course is for UK and international firms that:
- would like to ensure their lawyers record their time accurately and fully
- want to make it easier to assess the profitability of particular matters or initiatives
It works for lawyers of all levels of seniority including partners, and in different jurisdictions. We normally tailor the course using your firm’s time recording policy and making the scenarios relevant to you. If you do not yet have a written policy, we can work with you to develop one, or can deliver the training based on more general principles.
What does it cover?
This session lasts two hours. Participants work in groups to consider a realistic case study (several days in the life of a typical lawyer), deciding:
- whether to record anything
- if so, how much
- where to record it; and
- with what narrative.
The trainer-led discussion afterwards brings out and explains the right answers and highlights and clarifies any potential ethical issues. It shows the importance of the primary purpose for doing a task, and highlights the need for client-friendly billing narratives.
What do others say about the course?
“I found it a really useful course, excellently prepared and delivered by Cathy, who is extremely engaging. The use of examples and group discussions was a great way to present the training.” (Associate, global firm)
“The course was particularly beneficial as it was delivered by an experienced practitioner who had worked extensively in private practice and therefore could draw on her own experience of time recording.” (Senior associate, global firm)
“Very clear and persuasive direction on time recording” (Law firm associate)
“Very informative. Covered many different relevant scenarios applicable to everyday work.” (Law firm senior associate)
“Practical, focused, thought-provoking” (Law firm associate)
“It really made me think about how I capture time overall” (Mel Laurence, Sharman Law LLP)
“Worthwhile and practical” (Christine Myers, Sharman Law LLP)
“Good useful course – worthwhile exercise” (Harshinder Hundal, Sharman Law LLP)
One delegate said that her time recording increased by, on average, an hour a day after attending the course.