BETTER VALUE: PROBLEMS WITH THE BILLABLE HOUR AND THE VIABILITY OF VALUE-BASED BILLING

  • Brooke MacKenzie
Keywords: Ethics, Lawyers, Accountability, billable hour, value-based billing

Abstract

This article explores the drawbacks of the billable hour and considers the viability of a value-based alternative, the fixed fee. It argues that billing models premised on hourly rates facilitate unethical practices, reward inefficiency, and fail to provide clients with certainty and accountability. The article will proceed to consider if a value-based system would introduce different problems, such as estimating appropriate fees that are fair to both the client and the lawyer. The article concludes that valuebased billing is a viable alternative to the billable hour, and suggests that its practical implications warrant further exploration.

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Published
2013-02-01
Section
Legal Commentary