Charging internal time only for particular services (quasi-legal, repetitive)

As discussed in another post today, time tracking is for in-house counsel what Roe v. Wade is for conservatives. At the same time, many law departments have instituted time tracking.

I just read that a large pharmaceutical company’s legal function selectively charges lawyer time, with the basis for selection being services that the law department views as less integral to its mission. Perhaps quasi-legal task, which my article describes, or tasks where the answers are available on an intranet site, or tasks that have been explained to the client repeatedly. The idea is intriguing: free service for valued work, a usage charge for the rest.

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