Validatum® was founded in 2008, at the outset of the global financial crisis. The company was created to help law firms and barristers establish intelligent and sophisticated pricing practices. These practices help to counteract the commercial pressures caused by regulatory changes, more diverse delivery models, better-informed consumers, the accessibility of web-based information and resources and the increasing application of disruptive technology. Managing Director Richard Burcher is a former New Zealand practicing lawyer and managing partner, with 35 years’ private practice experience and extensive postgraduate study in pricing.

It is trite to observe that the environment in which law firms and barrister's chambers are now required to operate is fundamentally different from what it was even five years ago, let alone when compared with what were, in hindsight, relatively halcyon days prior to 2008.… View more

Firms usually makes initial contact with Validatum® through their Managing Partner, Finance Director, COO, Pricing Director, Marketing & BD, Learning & Development or Bid professionals. An initial telephone call or short face-to-face meeting helps us to better understand what your imperatives are, and helps you understand what solutions we might be able to deliver.… View more

All businesses benefit from diversity of both skill and perspective and Validatum® is no exception. So at our request some of the profession’s leading lights in their respective fields have graciously agreed to associate themselves with and support what we are endeavouring to do to help the private practice arm of the legal profession. We are indebted to them, and our client offerings are the richer for their input. … View more

Although we are under no particular obligation to do so, as former practising lawyers, we have chosen to apply to our consulting work the exact same high standards of professionalism, confidentiality and conflict of interest as we did in our private practice days.… View more

It is just too easy to offer solutions without creating a nexus between the advice and the promised results. For us it's a credibility and an authenticity issue. If we aren't prepared to put our money where our mouth is, how seriously should you take us?… View more

Here is where you will find all the legal fineprint....… View more

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Validatum Pricing Espresso® - (11th June 2018)

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']

June 07, 2018

Fixed Fees: Here Be Dragons!

Let us say at the outset that we are strong proponents of fixed fees, even in areas of work where they have not been particularly prevalent such as dispute resolution. We believe that they should be used much more than they are to the benefit of both firms and clients.

However, two articles hit our inbox recently, which both in their own way reaffirmed the widespread misunderstanding on the part of law firms as to how best to deploy fixed fees, and an equally profound lack of understanding on the part of many clients as to how fixed fees must be structured.

June 05, 2018

Validatum Pricing Espresso® - (8th May 2018)

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']

May 08, 2018

Latest Tweets @Richard_Burcher

The attitude that would appear to underpin the behaviour of some firms beggars belief, suggesting as it does, a bre… https://t.co/qNAKDXQCNn

@Richard_Burcher 18 Jun 2018 twitter

RT @melissa_laflair: Excellent example of firms really not understanding the client context or perspective. The tipping point nears ... ht…

@Richard_Burcher 14 Jun 2018 twitter