Surveys: How to participate

Thank you for choosing to participate in the PwC Law Firm Surveys. The documents needed for participation in each Survey are included below.
 

Instructions

The Initial Release of the 2017 BRASSplus instructions document includes important information about the columns of data requested for each timekeeper classification submitted to the Survey.

Data Form
Participants in the 2017 Initial release of the BRASSplus have the following two options for collecting their data:

Preferred method: Free Data extraction tool
The data extraction tool is available free to participants in this survey that have either Elite or Aderant time and billing systems. The data extraction tool is a stand-alone, desktop application that can be installed and run on any PC at your firm.

All BRASSplus participants who intend to use the data extraction tool must visit the download site to install the application on a designated PC.

A key advantage to using this data extraction tool is the ability to preserve your firm's mappings to the survey-defined classifications across survey releases. Using this application will not only reduce the time to participate in subsequent releases, but will ensure consistency and enhance comparability in the results.

NOTE: The 2016 BRASSplus data extraction tool is no longer being used or supported. You must install the new 2017 initial release BRASSplus data extraction tool to proceed. The Data Extraction tool has been redesigned and as such, participants need to obtain their prior year mapping files from a Survey team member after installing the latest release.

The 2017 initial release BRASSplus data extraction tool installation instructions are also available for download.

Alternative method: Spreadsheet-based questionnaire

Law firms who are not on the Elite or Aderant time and billing systems can choose to submit their data using our spreadsheet-based questionnaire. Firms should download and complete the following:

Comparison groups
The following document contains a listing of the standard national, geographic, national practice area and practice area by location comparison groups that we anticipate producing during this Survey release. The document also provides information on the participation fees, as well as the types of reports available. This document also serves as the report order form.

Last year we were able to produce office comparison groups for 18 international locations. In addition, participants have the option of receiving London comparison groups in both USD and GBP. We strongly encourage participants to submit all of their individual office information, regardless of the size.

We recommend that each participant review the information contained within the comparison group description document before completing the report order form.

'Peer Firm' Custom Comparison Groups
Participants can also choose to create 'peer firm' comparison groups for their individual offices or practice groups, provided the criterion for participation in the group adheres to all current antitrust laws.

We are asking that all participants identify a listing of their primary peers on a national level. To assist with this effort, we developed a ‘Peer Firms’ Listing which allows you to select from the 200 law firms that were listed on the most recent American Lawyer publication. Additional space has been provided for your Firm to identify any Peer Firm listed outside of the AmLaw 200.

If a participant completes the Peer Firms Listing, the $100 custom group surcharge will be waived.

If your Firm needs a particular group not shown on the comparison group listing, please contact a Survey staff member to submit any custom group requests. All custom comparison groups are subject to the approval of the Survey staff and must meet our confidentiality criteria and legal guidelines.

A member of the PwC Survey team is available to assist your firm with your comparison group selections. Please email a Survey staff member if you need assistance.

Instructions and Data Form

The 2016 LFSS instructions document provides detailed information on the values requested for each form.

If your Firm used the Data Extraction Tool in the past, please contact a Survey staff member to obtain information for extracting the information this year.

Office reporting is no longer available within the LFSS. 

Note: New participants in the LFSS wishing to submit prior year data, or past participants in the LFSS who wish to revise prior year data, should contact a member of the Survey staff.

Comparison groups
The following document contains a listing of all of the standard national and geographic comparison groups that we anticipate producing during this Survey release. The document also provides information on the participation fees, as well as the types of reports available. This document also serves as the report order form.

Based on the Survey participation levels, the size ranges of the comparison groups may change to ensure the value of the results provided.

We recommend that each Survey participant review the information contained within the comparison group description document before completing the report order form(s).

'Peer Firm' Custom Comparison Groups
Participants can also choose to create 'peer firm' comparison groups provided the criterion for participation in the group adheres to all current antitrust laws.

We are asking that all participants identify a listing of their primary peers on a national level. To assist with this effort, we developed a ‘Peer Firms’ Listing which allows you to select from the 200 law firms that were listed on the most recent American Lawyer publication. Additional space has been provided for your Firm to identify any Peer Firm listed outside of the AmLaw 200.

If a participant completes the Peer Firms Listing, the $100 custom group surcharge will be waived.

If your firm needs a particular group not shown on the comparison group listing, please contact a Survey staff member to submit any custom group requests. All custom comparison groups are subject to the approval of the Survey staff and must meet our confidentiality criteria and legal guidelines.

A member of the PwC Survey team is available to assist your firm with its comparison group selections. Please email a Survey staff member if you need assistance.