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Virtual Pricing Director® Pricing Espresso - (20th September 2023)

With the Virtual Pricing Director Pricing Espresso® we aim to bring you your pricing 'shot' - some of the most interesting, thought-provoking and informative material we can find globally which will be of interest, relevance and help to you in your firms' pricing challenges.

September 19, 2023

The £5 Billion Black Hole

Today’s article in Horizon by The Lawyer – ‘The leaves are falling, and so are profits’ noted what to most is now starkly clear, that reporting season was characterised by a “revenue up, profits down” narrative.

And no-one is picking the next two years to be anything but challenging as the revenue side dips and inflation and a tight labour market continue to grind margins to fine dust. Well, that’s perhaps an overstatement but, with apologies for the lazy overuse of metaphors on a Friday afternoon, at least the gloss will well and truly come off those profit lines.

September 16, 2023

Don’t Blame Your Clients for Write-offs, and Growing Debtor Days – They’re Your Fault

Well, that’s a great way to alienate the audience before getting to the first paragraph. I thought about smoothing that title out a bit but, nah, let’s call it how we see it.

But first a vignette – after being in private legal practice for several years I agreed to serve on a cost complaints panel convened by the New Zealand Law Society which was charged with a statutory responsibility to deal with fee complaints from the public. This was 1984.

August 28, 2023

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