Not often we lawyers give credit to our competitors….
I must give a plug to a Sydney firm, Marque Lawyers, who you can read about at their website.
As their site confirms, a lot of discussion is going on in the legal services world, about alternatives to lawyers charging, as they have traditionally done, on the basis of time spent performing their services. A major cause for such discussion is the 2 most obvious ills of such a basis of charging in that:
1) it does not allow any certainty for the client as to their likely legal costs;
2) although I am not suggesting this is consciously acted upon, it does ‘reward’ inefficiency.
I am thinking at present about how Marque’s model can translate into a medical negligence practice context. Any suggestions, feel free to contribute….