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.
 

  • Billing rate & associate salary Survey (BRASSplus)



    Instructions
    The Initial Release of the 2014 BRASSplus instructions document includes important information about the columns of data requested for each timekeeper classification submitted to the Survey.

    Download 2014 BRASSplus initial release instructions.

    Data Form
    Participants in the 2014 Initial Release of the BRASSplus have the following two options for collecting their data.

    • Preferred method: Free Data extraction tool

      Developed by PwC and LexisNexis-Redwood Analytics, the data extraction collection tool is available free to participants in this Survey that have either Elite or CMS/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.

      Please download and review the following installation guide for step-by-step instructions on installing the BRASSplus application.

      Download 2014 BRASSplus initial release installation instructions.

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

      Note: If you already have the BRASSplus data extraction tool installed on your PC from a prior Survey release, an upgrade is required before you can access the application. You will be prompted to upgrade your current version during the installation program.

      The 2014 Initial Release BRASSplus data extraction application is available for download at:

      http://www.lexisnexis.com/redwood-analytics/pwc/surveys/.

      The user ID and password required for download access is as follows:
      User ID: surveys
      Password: pwc2014

      A key advantage to using the 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.

      IMPORTANT: The completed data submission will be sent directly to a PwC Law Firm Survey staff member, and at no time will any member of LexisNexis-Redwood Analytics have access to your individual firm's data.

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

      Download 2014 BRASSplus initial release questionnaire.

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

    Download 2014 comparison groups and report order.

    Please note that, based on the participation levels, the size ranges of the comparison groups may change to ensure the usefulness of the results provided.

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

    Download Comparison group description.

    '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.

    'Peer Firm' comparison groups are $375 each, plus a $100 custom group surcharge.

    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.

     
  • Law firm statistical Survey (LFSS)



    Instructions

    The 2013 LFSS instructions document includes information about the functionality of the data form, and provides detailed information on the values requested for each form.

    Download 2013 LFSS instructions.

    Data forms

    Participants in the 2013 LFSS have the following two options for collecting their data:

    • Preferred method: Data extraction tool

      Developed by PwC and LexisNexis-Redwood Analytics, the data extraction collection tool is available free to participants in this Survey that have either Elite or CMS/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.

      Please download and review the following installation guide for step-by-step instructions on installing the LFSS application:

      Download the 2013 LFSS installation instructions.

      All LFSS participants who intend to use the data extraction tool must visit the download site to install or upgrade the current version of the application on a designated PC.

      Note: If you already have the LFSS data extraction tool installed on your PC from a prior Survey release, an upgrade is required before you can access the application. You will be prompted to upgrade your current version during the installation program.

      The LFSS data extraction application is available for download at:

      http://www.lexisnexis.com/redwoodanalytics/pwc/surveys/.

      The user ID and password required for download access is as follows:

      User ID: surveys
      Password: pwc2014


      A key advantage to using the data extraction tool is the ability to preserve your firm's general ledger accounts 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.

      IMPORTANT: The completed data submissions will be sent directly to a PwC Law Firm Survey staff member, and at no time will any member of LexisNexis-Redwood Analytics have access to your individual firm's data.

      Alternative method: Spreadsheet-based questionnaire
      The LFSS data extraction application supports only firms who provide a 'total firm' or aggregate data submission. The spreadsheet-based questionnaire (below) should be used if you choose to submit individual office data.

      The 2013 LFSS total firm questionnaire should be completed by a single office law firm, or a multi-office law firm submitting aggregate total firm data.

      The 2013 LFSS multi-office questionnaire should be completed by a multi-office firm submitting data for up through 15 individual offices.

      If your firm is submitting data for more than 15 offices, please contact a Survey staff member for an alternative data form.

      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 we anticipate producing this year. The document also serves as the report order form.

    Download 2014 comparison groups & report order.

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

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

    Download Comparison group descriptions.

    'Peer Firm' Custom Comparison Groups

    If your firm would like to request 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.

    Please email a Survey staff member if you need assistance.