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Our US business conducted a survey recently which found that lawyers’ paperwork undermines billing efficiency. The full report can be read in The Wall Street Journal. The so called ‘efficiency gap’ (the space between lawyers who bill for nearly all the hours they work and those who spend up to 60 per cent of their time on non-billable tasks) is being filled with paperwork in many cases. If this is true of the UK (which I imagine it is), then the recent comments by Gloster J in Berezovsky v Abramovich will have caught the attention of many litigators.

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