When De-Equitization Costs More Than It Saves


The de-equitization phenomenon will likely continue even after the pain of recession subsides for law firms. The objective of de-equitization is to improve the financial leverage of the firm by adjusting the staffing levels that are critical cost factors for serving a client. For example; are two senior lawyers, each with high hourly rates and likely with personal assistants, necessary to handle a client's work? Can the firm involve an associate, or even a paralegal, and get by with one senior partner? If so, then the superfluous partner is a candidate for de-equitization, as the firm takes the rational business step of improving its leverage and reducing cash outflow.

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