Classic: What I would do if I ran a 20th-century law firm in the 21st-century

John Chisholm returns as agent provocateur with this classic: What I would do if I ran a 20th-century law firm in the 21st-century. Many have commented that remaking a BigLaw business model law firm is like turning the Queen Mary or changing a 747 engine at 12,000 meters. Now – slowly – more and more of these traditional firms are taking remaking steps. John’s polemic post, first published in 2015, is at once humorous and deadly serious. Enjoy.

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Hourly billing is accurate, transparent and ethical. Really?

With “Hourly billing is accurate, transparent and ethical” John Chisholm demonstrates why he is regarded by many of his colleagues as an important iconoclast.

John writes: Recently an Oldlaw* partner told me that while a small minority of lawyers may have abused time-based billing, overall hourly billing is “good” because it is “…accurate, transparent and ethical“.

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