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Clocking lawyers: Why law firms need automated time capture systems

Automated time capture tools can significantly increase billable hours, says Neil Cameron

19 June 2012

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity” – Albert Einstein.

Unless you are moving at close to the speed of light, time is a constant. But, our relationship with it is highly subjective. So, no matter what type of work that you do, or how you charge for it, accurately recording time is key to ensuring profitability.

Law firms’ fees have historically been based on a measure of the amount of time spent on client work. Even though this may be changing with the advent of alternative fee arrangements (AFA), time spent by fee earners is still used as the primary measure of costs. Therefore, the analysis of time actually expended by lawyers will still be vital for

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