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.”
“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.”
“Very clear and persuasive direction on time recording”
“Very informative. Covered many different relevant scenarios applicable to everyday work.”
“It really made me think about how I capture time overall”
“Worthwhile and practical”
“Good useful course – worthwhile exercise”
“Useful examples that have highlighted areas where I need to record more accurately. Engaging session, which was much more interesting than I had expected!”
“Excellent. Thoughtful and relevant. [Cathy’s] lawyer background made her more effective in my opinion.”
One delegate said that her time recording increased by, on average, an hour a day after attending the course.
Another senior lawyer’s time recording increased by 20%.