Hourly rates no longer a must for litigation

By Melissa Lesh

23 April 2014 at 10:32 BST

Corporate counsel are seeing a shift in thinking from law firms on how they charge for litigation as the hourly rate declines in popularity across the board.

Non-hourly fee structures may be a permanent change in the legal profession. Artyom Baranov

According to the head of litigation at United Technologies, Steven Greenspan, alternative fees for litigation are becoming common because lawyers are more comfortable with the protocol.  He said: ‘[In-house counsel] should be able to price a case in most circumstances and negotiate for carve-outs with outside counsel in the event that something unexpected happens.’
Source: Washington Post


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