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It’s OK to bill clients while you’re on the toilet, Nabarro tells its solicitors

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Taking the piss?

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Lawyers at City outfit Nabarro have been told to bill clients for time they spend on the toilet.

Justifying the cheeky move, Nabarro’s top brass claim their lawyers — who apparently never switch off — will “still be thinking about” the matter they’re working on, despite being on the loo.

The “Time Recording Policy” (screenshot below), which was published on Nabarro’s private intranet system — states that breaks “of up to 6 minutes” should be added to a client’s tab.

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One Nabarro insider told legal blog RollonFriday that the creative billing tactic does raise serious questions regarding “the quality of gossip” around the firm.

A Nabarro spokesperson — who was not on the toilet at the time — told Legal Cheek:

Time recording is not directly correlated to billing. Nevertheless, most businesses build natural breaks into the cost of their services. Indeed, some of our best legal minds have their best legal insights when they get up for a short break.

So unlike your average City lawyer, who will spend their break time Tinder-ing or crying, Nabarro’s dedicated legal minds are still thinking about work.

63 Comments

Anonymous

I frequently take 4 hour dumps. Should I bill those?

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Anonymous

You didnt really attribute this story to RoF at all

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Tory Powerhouse

It’s LC, what did you expect. Mega lol.

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Anonymous

It was a story about short breaks being chargeable too, could have thought of anything to use even some small amount of creative energy but nope, let’s instead just steal the headline from RoF

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Anonymous

It’s one thing to take seven hour shits when you’re on salary; it’s another to charge clients for them..

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Anonymous

Nabarro are the laughing stock of the City, so no surprises here.

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Nabarro Stories

Rumour has it they’ve got a phantom shitter on the 7th floor. His IBS-induced cacophonous sharts can be heard for miles.

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Anonymous

Did he previously work for CC? Is he a keen swimmer?

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Anonymous

You have made this comment before in another article.

I call you out as a coprophiliac!

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Anonymous

Huh?

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Gus the Snedger

It means a poo perv!

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Anonymous

Ok.

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Anonymous

If you actually had any experience at Nabarro you’d know that they have the 12th floor up of the building.

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Nabarro 3PQE

Heh, everyone knows the phantom shitter goes for his dumps to Lloyds Banking Group on 7th. Clearly not a Nabarro lawyer.

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Tabooky

This is why Addleshaw didn’t want to merge with Nabarro in the end.

Addleshaw proudly lets it employees go to the lavs for free and without their blackberry in tow. Their client feedback is awesome – no odd sounds in the background these days when an eager associate answers whilst on the throne.

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Nabarro 3PQE

*plop*

“Yes, Mr Smith, I’ll be right on it. Anything for our clients!”

*shart*

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Anonymous

Mega lol

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Anonymous

Thing is that most of the work is done on a fixed or capped fee (the latter is effectively the same thing given the downward pressure on fees) these days anyway.

Letting your associates keep the timer running while they’re on the lav in this environment merely makes you less likely to fall behind on your billing target on days when you have the squits.

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Anonymous

So next time I have stomach troubles, instead of calling in sick I should come into work, spend all day on the bog, and rack up the hours even though I’m doing no work? Sweet. Indian buffet, here I come.

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Anonymous

That’s life at the Bar. You turn up at court but rush out when the fan hits.

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Tug Speedman

That’s nothing: after lengthy petitioning, Irwin Mitchell finally allowed me to bill my clients when I go have my daily fap at the office bogs.

Since then I’m the top associate in my office, regularly rubbing out 2,500 hour billings a year. I love my job!

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Anonymous

“rubbing out” haha.

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Anonymous

Gives ‘squeezed budgets’ a whole new meaning.

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Anonymous

Does that mean time recording is okay for all breaks like toilet breaks, coffee breaks, fag breaks (the cigarette kind)

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Pinkler Pete

I was once on a client visit on a Health and Safety matter involving toilets. I had a quick tinkle there whilst no-one was looking.

I billed for it.

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Anonymous

I’m a bit constipated this afternoon. It’s costing my clients a fortune….

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Tory Powerhouse

I love LC!

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Dr Freud

Rumour has it Tory Powerhouse is Not Amused’s powerful, evil alter ego.

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Tory Powerouse

What?

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Pory Towerouse

What?

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Glory Cowermouse

What?

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Poorly Flowerscouse

What? I

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Hoary Flourlouse

What?

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Shorey Townhouse

What?

Anonymous

If a bear shits in the woods and there is nobody around to hear it, should he bill for it?

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Anonymous

My mate at Nabarro’s said he was flush. I see what he means now.

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Charlotte Proudman

I feel there is something indefinably sexist about these comments, clearly all written by men. Probably misogynists too. Just cant put my finger on it …

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Gus the Snedger

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

Oh come on! That was a great double-entendre gag!

#censorship

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Lord Lyle of Actually Having Worked Asr

Obviously no one, ad infra has ever worked as a lawyer. The OP and all comments are assinine toilet humour and nothing to do with obvious billing of for perusal of a brief or client papers whilst in a taxi, on the loo, in a plane , on a bus or where ever.

On behalf of the legal profession I would be most grateful if the thread is removed as it is goose pimplingly embarassing

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Anonymous

Get lost geezer, the comments are epic bantz.

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Anonymous

You sound like such a humourless bellend.

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Anonymous

U MAD BRO?

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Lord Lyle of Actually Having Worked As

Ad supra

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Lyle

Ad infinitum. E pluribus Unum. Dieu et mon droit. Carpe firm etc etc

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Dominus Insulam e Brittania

I didn’t write that Latin gobbledygook ad supra, but am flattered to have a teenage follower.

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Dominus Insulam e Brittania

As to the student who refers to Lords as Geezers, he’ll go far 🙂

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U mirin

4PQE at Jones Day, bitch.

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Anonymous

Jones Day. lol

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U mirin

u jelly brah?

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Tory Powerhouse

Smile everyone – such a beautiful day today!

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Lory ShowerStrauss

What?

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Porey Proteinhaus

What?

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Glory Trousermouse

What?

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Gory Mausergrouse

What?

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Cory Torylouse

What?

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Snorey Saw-me-raus

What?

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Not Amused.

Shit article.

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U mirin

Kek

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Anonymous

Username checks out.

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Anonymous

I sharted so hard whilst reading this article.

2 units.

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Nabarro NQ

I read all the comments on the bog, now I can bill my client for 36 minutes!

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Anonymous

I love them distinguishing between time recording and billing.

Of course we believe the time is written off…

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