In defence of the hourly rate

Published 17/10/16 in The Law Society Gazette The front-page news item ‘Fixed fees popular with clients’ (10 October) is another swipe at the traditional hourly charge-out rate. This is not the first and won’t be the last. Obviously clients prefer fixed fees; the reality is that it is not practicable to charge most non-routine legal…

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Lawyers charging system

Letter published in the Evening Standard, 12 October 2016 Any system of charging for professional services can be abused but lawyers charging clients for time going to the toilet certainly is over the top [“Lawyers do put in the hours – in loo”, Comment, October 7 (see below)].  However, lawyers are often unable to charge…

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Lawyers need to brush up on human psychology

Published in The Brief of The Times< Many lawyers lack awareness of basic human psychology. It is a failing that causes problems with getting work, keeping clients happy and rubbing along with colleagues. The Solicitors Regulation Authority needs to take this on board in its radical reform package being proposed for training lawyers of the...

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Banks are letting go of juniors for alleged expenses abuses

Published in Efinancialcareers Banks might be holding back on layoffs in their London IBD teams, but this doesn’t mean their juniors are automatically safe. Recruiters say the past few months have seen a spate of exits after analysts and associates were accused of abusing expenses systems. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is rumoured to have…

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