- Nabarro instructed lawyers to record any break of up to six minutes
- Outrageous policies have been leaked to legal website RollOnFriday
- One lawyer admitted he had billed clients for time spent in the bath
Alex Matthews For Mailonline
A law firm is charging clients up to £100 for the time their staff spend on the toilet
A law firm is charging clients up to £100 for the time their staff spend on the toilet.
The outrageous time-recording policy of Nabarro instructs its team to charge for any break of up to six minutes, on the basis that their lawyers are always thinking about work.
The policy was leaked to legal forum RollOnFriday and said: ‘Short Breaks: Any short break, eg a coffee break, of up to 6 minutes should still be recorded to the matter you are currently working on, on the basis that you would still be thinking about it.’
Lawyers on social media have confirmed that the practice is far from unique while cracking jokes about billing clients for ‘s*** advice’.
Recent research revealed that partners at leading London commercial firms now bill clients as much as £1,000 an hour.
A partner’s six minute toilet break could therefore cost a client up to £100.
Another website popular with lawyers, Legal Cheek, asked its readers whether such policies are ‘taking the p***’.
Lawyers have also been debating online whether they are so dedicated that they do actually think about work during short breaks – rather than gossiping or using Tinder like many other workers.
One lawyer was said to have billed all 24 hours in a day, including bathroom breaks, on the basis he was so stressed that he thought about his deal ‘every second’ that he was on the toilet.
Nabarro told its team to charge for any short break including when they pop out for a coffee (file photo)
Another revealed: ‘I know a solicitor who recorded time for when he was in the bath thinking about clients.’
A third commented: ‘We all know it. We all include our time for wandering to the copier or swinging by the coffee machine on the way back to our desks.’
One wag commented: ‘My mate at Nabarro’s said he was flush. I see what he means now’.
Another asked: ‘Does that mean Nabarro’s lawyers give s*** advice?’
And yet another wondered: ‘Do Nabarro also charge clients for the time their lawyers spend stuck in the lifts?’