The Law Society of Western Australia says while it broadly supports calls for lawyers to move away from billable hours or time-based billing, the change would be difficult to implement.
In a speech to launch Law Week yesterday, Chief Justice Wayne Martin said the process of charging clients in six-minute increments was outdated and inefficient.
Law Society President Hylton Quail says some firms have already moved away from time-billing.
“Some areas of law are better suited to lump-sum billing but I do think that in other areas it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever get away from time-based costing.
“We do know that in some areas, particularly with mum and dad clients, time-based billing can be problematic because in a sense you’re signing up to really, the length of a piece of string.”