Why Reviewing and Revising Work of Subordinates Can Raise Both Billing and Competency Issues

Recently I saw something unusual in a legal bill.  A senior partner actually billed “N/C” (or no charge) for the time spent on reviewing and revising the work of a subordinate attorney.

Before going further, let me state that in my CLE seminars for attorneys on the ethics of legal billing, I always suggest that they include in their fee bills work they may have done but did not charge for.  This is good P.R. as it allows clients to see all the hard work that they are actually putting into the file.  (I also suggest that they actually look over their bills before they go out to clients!  This is because I often see grammatical and other glaring mistakes in bills.)

But I do find that writing off time to review a subordinate’s work is unusual. This is because I mostly see attorneys billing their full time spent on reviewing and/or revising the work of subordinate staff. But there is a problem with that because . . .

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One thought on “Why Reviewing and Revising Work of Subordinates Can Raise Both Billing and Competency Issues

  1. Hi John,

    The timing of your email is perfect. I was just training someone on this very issue on a bill that he submitted for payment. Of course, your explanation is much more articulate and detailed than mine! I am going to make sure that he signs up for your blog.

    Thanks!
    Cathy

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