The Pressures of Billable Hours: Lessons from a Survey of Billing Practices Inside Law Firms

  title={The Pressures of Billable Hours: Lessons from a Survey of Billing Practices Inside Law Firms},
  author={C. Parker and D. Ruschena},
  journal={Legal Ethics \& Professional Responsibility eJournal},
This paper examines whether lawyers’ experience of time-based billing and billable hour budgets subjects them to pressures that encourage unethical practices. We argue that billable hour pressure is merely the ‘face’ of more fundamental pressures stemming from the way that lawyers in private practice perceive their work environments. Even without excessive billable hour targets, lawyers may be more likely to engage in unethical behaviour where they believe that unethical behaviour is necessary… Expand
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