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The answer to these questions is to

leave the clock outside. Although we

record time, we have no billing or

time targets. This means our lawyers

are not forced to compete with each

other to find the jobs or clients that

bill the most hours. Equally, we are

not forced to live under the stress

of finding someone to bill for a set

number of hours per day. This way,

people have everything to gain from

being selfless.

We don't necessarily bill our clients

by the hour either - we're flexible

on that too, which allows us to bill

for the value we bring if it is more

appropriate. Some ideas take a matter

of seconds but are capable of saving

companies millions of pounds a year.

The value of the work we do is not

always measurable in minutes.

This is not done for an easier life,

it's done to achieve better results.

We believe our system provides

greater emphasis on quality, greater

efficiency and engenders a firm-wide

ethos of sharing expertise. It means

people have time to offer advice,

which for a trainee is exceptionally

good news. The 'open-door' policy is

more than just management-speak

here, it genuinely exists. You will find

that even senior people are happy to

help you.

We believe in people being able to

spend time giving back too.

"If the hour is what

drives you, you create

the wrong incentives."

Steve Cooke,

Senior Partner

Our billing

There are regular and ad hoc

volunteering and pro bono initiatives

you can weave into your day.

While talking about clocks, it's worth

mentioning that, as at all major law

firms, now and then there are periods

of intense effort - that's the nature

of the job. Most trainees experience

this at least once in their first year:

long hours, long nights, maybe even

a long weekend. The positive side is

that we have no 'face-time' culture.

If you've no work to do at the end of

the day, you go home. We don't keep

people hanging around twiddling

their thumbs.



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