Cost estimates and budgets may have been exceeded and internal income assessments of performance and profitability of the case may be misunderstood. By now it is too late.
A Firm may be looking at a case with Work in Progress of £100,000, but could it have been £120,000 or should it actually be £80,000?
Both Firm and Case decisions may have been taken based on the value of the cases in a Firm but are those decision right.
Only if the information is right!
The Alternative – The Consultative Approach
At Civil and Commercial Costs Lawyers (CCCL)
we know that a Draftsmen
can control costs through the duration of the case. We offer advice and guidance to a Firm on the strategy that should be implemented before cases start and deliver time recording strategies to their legal team to ensure that costs are recorded properly throughout the case.
From advising on the Firm's time recording strategy and providing training to the legal teams by performing file reviews and auditing through the case (not at the end), the service CCCL
offers can ensure that Firms do not leave it too late to maximise their Cost Recovery, but actually record their time correctly through the duration of the case.
Providing clear guidance to a Firm’s legal team is paramount. It sets the scene from the start.
Why should Firms operate with a knowledge that time will be written off. Why not just time record properly from the start through clear guidelines integrated into the Firm's CMS
Identifying errors in time recording through the duration of the case (we recommend every 6 months depending on case size) will enable:
1. Mistakes to be identified and rectified
2. Instructions to be provided to prevent future errors
3. Provides the Owners of the Firm with a true picture of the potential income the Firm could receive
4. Enable Case and Firm decisions to be made on reality
5. Cost Recovery to be not just maximised but correct
If a Firm engages CCCL
to review a matter through its life cycle, we will be preparing the bill and the budget as the matter progresses.
Whilst there is additional work, as we will be providing advice on what is found, and the additional expense is actually minimal.
Furthermore the time is chargeable and included as part of the Bill.
If a Firm seeks to involve CCCL on their Firm wide strategy for time recording, we'll offer a bespoke package to that Firm which will depend on work types, size and current systems.
Costs Management – An Essential Business Tool for Lawyers
Our Service is unique and it is essential.
Firms can improve their knowledge of the value of their business and put an end to time writing off large amounts of time and missing recoverable costs at the end of the case.
The future of Costs Drafting as a management tool is the perfect solution to ensuring accurate and maximised cost recovery.
For More information on our service and how we can assist your Firm, contact us on 0207 842 5950 or make an online enquiry.