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Hero to zero

The end of another financial year means celebration, but as targets are reset, there's no time to relax, says Catherine Burtinshaw

23 May 2014

So that’s it. We all have another financial year under our belts, having once again billed our way to that monumental calendar date, 30 April. As I write, I have not seen my team’s final figures for the past financial year, but on my own calculations I believe that I exceeded both
my time and billing targets.

And relax… or perhaps not. The buzz phrase is ‘onwards
and upwards’, as staff are thanked for their hard work
in the last financial year then pointed in the direction of the higher team targets that have been set for the next.

Our ‘fee earner desktop’
has been reset to display
our new targets for 2014–15. Depressingly, this has reduced my ‘chargeable hours achieved’ to under 7 per cent of my
new year-to-date target.

Even less spectacular is my bill...

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