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 Mid-Year Release of the 2015 BRASSplus instructions document includes important information about the columns of data requested for each timekeeper classification submitted to the Survey.

    Download 2015 BRASS plus mid-year release instructions.

    Data Form
    Participants in the 2015 mid-year release of the BRASSplus have the following two options for collecting their data:

    Preferred method: Free Data extraction tool
    Developed by Aderant, the data extraction collection 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 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 2015 mid-year release BRASSplus data extraction tool installation instructions are also available for download.

    Download the 2015 BRASSplus mid-year release data extraction tool installation instructions.

    Download the 2015 BRASSplus mid-year release data extraction application.

    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.

    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 Aderant have access to your individual firm's data.

    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:

    Download 2015 BRASSplus mid-year 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 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 14 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.

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

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

    Download Comparison group description.

    Download 2015 comparison groups and report order.

    '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.

    Download 2015 peer firms listing.

    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 2014 LFSS instructions document includes information about the functionality of the data form, and provides detailed information on the values requested for each form.

    Download 2014 LFSS instructions.

    Data forms
    Participants in the 2014 LFSS have the following two options for collecting their data:

    Preferred method: Free Data extraction tool
    Developed by Aderant, the data extraction collection 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 LFSS 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 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 2014 LFSS data extraction tool installation instructions are also available for download.

    Download the 2014 LFSS data extraction tool installation instructions.

    Download the 2014 LFSS data extraction application.

    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.

    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 Aderant 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.

    Firms that 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 one of the following two questionnaires:

    The 2014 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 2014 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 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 in the comparison group description document before completing the report order form(s).

    Download Comparison group descriptions.

    Download 2015 comparison groups & report order.

    '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.

    Download 2015 peer firms listing.

    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.