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.

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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.

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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: Play Off the Front Foot or Perish

There are three core messages in this blog;

1) Alternative fee arrangements that are not solely dependent on the clock running can be more profitable than traditional hourly billing.

2) Offering AFAs proactively is invariably more profitable in contrast to arrangements offered reactively in response to client demand.

3) The whole concept of alternative fee arrangements needs to be reimagined and re-engineered. We have some observations about a trend we have been advocating and which is gaining momentum.

March 19, 2017

The Tender Age

Tendering for legal work is more common than ever for small to medium-sized law firms. Steph Hogg explains how to handle the bidding process.

March 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Lex Mundi Global Network Turns to Validatum® on Pricing

Lex Mundi makes unique strategic investment in pricing skills across its global legal network – Validatum to lead delivery of “business-critical” pricing skills training for senior lawyers

March 01, 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