Practicing anywhere in the world, a lawyer’s time is money. When a client hires a lawyer he is paying for two things, time and knowledge. But it is not only the lawyer who creates the service that a law office provides.
A famous American newsman once said “If you want to make certain a job gets done, give it to somebody who is really busy. They’ll have their secretary do it.” Behind a busy lawyer you will always find an efficient team. A law office cannot survive without its staff (support employees). Let’s step inside a fictional law firm and meet some of the team.
It’s Monday morning and our fictional lawyer, Ben Forthwright walks into his law office ready for a new week of advising clients and generating billable hours. Since lawyers often determine their fee (bill) according to how much time is spent working on each case, lawyers refer to the time that they can charge to a client as “billable hours”.