Introduction

Validatum® is the foremost architect of legal services pricing practice internationally. We are a specialist legal services pricing consultancy based in London but with a wide international reach, and regarded by many as the leading niche consultancy of its kind in the world. Our sole focus is legal services pricing; the most challenging and rapidly evolving aspect of the lawyer/client relationship.

Our Clients

Validatum® works solely with the 'sell' side of legal services. Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of law firms and barrister's chambers with turnovers of £10 million ($US15m) to £1.25b ($US1.9b). Our clients are regional, national, international, boutique, full-service, and in multiple jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. This diversity provides us with deep insight into what at any time constitutes legal services pricing best practice. Some of the clients with whom we have recently worked include...

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Our Services

In a world of increasing specialisation, it is not possible to be the best unless you are focused. That's why legal pricing is Validatum's sole speciality. We have developed a suite of very targeted services to assist law firms and barristers chambers with every aspect of pricing governance, pricing analytics and pricing execution. Some of our most popular and in-demand services include...

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Our Process

Firms usually make initial contact with Validatum® through their Managing Partner, Finance Director, COO or Head of Learning and Development.

1

Firms initially want to have a general discussion about what their needs are, where they perceive they are on the pricing sophistication journey, what objectives and outcomes they would like to achieve from working together and whether we have the capability to deliver those outcomes.

2

We provide an overview of our capabilities and resources. We also offer to put the firms' senior leadership in touch with their counterparts in other firms we have worked with to have a frank discussion about the other firms' experience of working with us. This provides valuable insight.

3

Some firms are beginning the pricing journey from 'ground-zero' and aren't sure where to begin, some have made good progress but momentum has stalled and others have had a number of false starts. We will recommend a series of formal and informal strategies to identify the firm's pricing pressure points and current status.

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Because we offer a completely customised approach to addressing firms' pricing needs, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Our diagnostic and needs analysis identifies the major pricing pressure points within the firm as well as opportunities for swift implementation and early quantifiable successes.

"Validatum® is without doubt the leading international legal services pricing consultancy."

Professor Stephen Mayson - Globally recognised law firm strategist and member of the Validatum® Advisory Board.

Latest Articles and Events

Pricing and Profitability Analytics – Part 1: Do You Have an Information Strategy?

This is a three-part article, explaining how to deliver pricing and profitability analytics in the legal sector. This article goes back to basics and explores how you can ensure that your information systems support your firm’s decisions to improve profitability.

The next article will explore ways to calculate and analyse profitability. The third and final article will cover the use of analytics in pricing.

February 20, 2017

A price increase of 10%: financial suicide, or is it?

“The single most important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power. If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business. If you’ve got to have a prayer session before raising the price by 10% then you’ve got a terrible business”

Warren Buffett Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway

February 06, 2017

Validatum Pricing Espresso® - (30th January 2017)

With Validatum Pricing Espresso® we aim to bring you your regular pricing 'shot' - the best, most interesting, thought provoking and informative material we can find globally which will be of interest, relevance and help to you in your legal services pricing challenges. [Note: we don't always agree with the content of others that we post but the philosophy of Validatum Pricing Espresso® is shared perspectives, not a personal 'soap-box']

January 30, 2017

The Perfect Storm: Artificial Intelligence & Hourly Billing

“Richard Burcher’s insight into pricing theory and the legal sector ensures that the Legal Pricing Forum never fails to inform, stimulate and challenge. Validatum is at the forefront of a new movement to promote best practice for legal pricing professionals.”

Allan Jones, Commercial Finance Manager, CMS Cameron McKenna

Event London, England June 16, 2016