Is Hourly Billing in its Final Hours?

Wake Announced for Hourly Billing, or is it a Lynching?




                                                                             Jerome Kowalski

                                                                             Kowalski Associates

                                                                             September, 2010


            An interesting coda to my series on alternative fee arrangements appeared in the September 1, 2010 addition of the Financial Post.  The essence of the piece is summed up in the article’s first sentence:

There’s a growing backlash in corporate circles against the traditional way lawyers make money — billing by the hour.

             The article is instructive as to how corporate clients feel about hourly billing, alternative fee arrangements, fixed fee billing and project management and how some law firms  are reacting to current market demands.


One Response

  1. […] resounding “absolutely.”  Some clients have put it to me rather simply:  What’s the point, after all hourly billing is virtually dead?  Others postulated that eliminating time keeping would result in the elimination of some […]

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