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The new era of data metrics

Standardised J-codes for litigation have the welcome side effect of allowing firms to analyse performance and efficiency, explains Damian Blackburn

16 December 2014

In September 2014, the agreed list of J-codes for litigation was published with very little fanfare. While this may have escaped mainstream attention, it is nonetheless a major step forward for the budgeting of litigation cases. This obviously only affects those involved in litigation cases at the moment, but it does herald what are, arguably, two inevitable developments in the legal world.

First, the use of a standard set of codes for certain case types across the industry gives everyone involved a chance to start looking at using data metrics to analyse performance, both within law firms and between law firms. Of course, that is not what the codes were designed for, but it is a powerful side effect of this standardisation. The codes split litigation cases into phases, and then into tasks within the phases.

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