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Editor's letter: Refining appreciation

Deconstructing legal services can help with increasing their value to clients, suggests Manju Manglani

21 February 2012

Determining value is a difficult business. While we have the four Cs (cut, clarity, colour and carat) to grade individual diamonds, no such rule of thumb exists to measure the value of legal services.

Some may argue that you cannot quantify the value of advice rendered (although the final bill presented may suggest otherwise). But, much like a diamond, each of its key components can, with the right toolkit, be identified and assessed. In the increasingly competitive legal market, law firms are being forced by clients to do just that.

This month, we look at how law firms and general counsel can deconstruct legal processes to better understand the value of each aspect of the supply chain.

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