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Red-flag billing practices chronicled; report finds ‘upbilling’ by 21 percent of law firms | ABA Journal

Twenty-one percent of lawyers “upbilled” for their time in 2015, rounding up their hours worked to the next hour or half hour, according to an analysis of legal invoices from about 100 companies.

Upbilling could raise the annual legal bill by about $29,000 for a partner billing 2,000 hours a year, according to the 2016 Real Rate Report. The Am Law Daily (sub. req.) has a story.

The report chronicles upbilling and other red-flag billing practices, along with law-firm rates. It was released on Monday by CEB Inc. and Wolters Kluwer NV’s ELM Solutions, companies that help legal departments manage their budgets.

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Red-flag billing practices chronicled; report finds ‘upbilling’ by 21 percent of law firms.