Red faces for poor billers

Red faces for poor billers

03 March 2012 By Lawyers Weekly

There's nowhere to hide for unprofitable lawyers at one London-based law firm where a lawyer's poor billing record is literally staring them in the face. As reported by RollOnFriday, lawyers at…

There's nowhere to hide for unprofitable lawyers at one London-based law firm where a lawyer's poor billing record is literally staring them in the face.

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As reported by RollOnFriday, lawyers at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) can tell who's pulling their weight from the colour of their colleagues' computer screens.

According to RollOnFriday, an insider reportedly complained that RPC has implemented a program that changes the colour of associates' computer screens, depending on their level of profitability.

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A red screen is obviously not so good, meaning the lawyer is losing the firm money, while yellow means they're coasting along okay but could do a little better. Those staring at a green screen can look forward to a few long lunches with the partners some time soon.

Unfortunately for those not hitting the big numbers, their red screens are viewable by all within the firm's open plan office.

Despite the public display of a lawyer's profitability - or lack thereof - a spokesperson for the firm confirmed with RollonFriday that colour coding was used, with the system designed to enable lawyers to "develop their commerciality and understand the work they're doing and the amount of time they're spending on it" and not to shame unprofitable staff in front of their colleagues.

Folklaw is just thankful that journalists' computer screens don't light up revealing their lack of progress on a story as deadline approaches.

Red faces for poor billers
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