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SMALL LAW FIRM CHALLENGE:
Administrative Tasks

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In the 2016 State of U.S. Small Law Firms Study conducted by Thomson Reuters, leaders of 300 small law firms were asked about the challenges they face, how they define success, and changes they’ve made (or should be making) to support a long-term strategy.

One of the major challenges identified by these small law firms was spending too much time on administrative tasks.


In the study, small law firm leaders were asked:

Is "spending too much time on administrative tasks" a challenge at your firm?

Is “spending too much time on administrative tasks” a challenge at your firm?

69% of small firms say spending too much time on administrative tasks is a challenge for their firm. But even among those that say it’s a significant challenge, only 19% (see chart below) have implemented changes to address the issue.



Has your firm implemented changes to address this issue?

Has your firm implemented changes to address this issue?

Small law firm leaders who consider their firms successful spend more time actually doing what they went to school for: practicing law.

How much of your time is spent practicing law?

Attorneys who choose to ignore this challenge cope by either working more hours to manage the mounting non-billable tasks or by writing time off to meet clients' expectations. They ignore the likelihood that this will continue to worsen overtime, leaving them with fewer clients and lower realization rates. This begs the question - what can you do about it?

How do you overcome time spent on administrative tasks?

Download the complete study report to learn more about:

  • Additional small law firm challenges
  • Insight into what successful firms are doing
  • Guidance in addressing major challenges

 

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