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The Meisterline Index™ uses cognitive modelling and proprietary algorithms to measure a lawyer’s level of expertise on a 99-point rating scale.
Based on the PhD research of lawyer and cognitive expert Dr Peter Macmillan, these independent ratings assess a range of factors that are unique to each lawyer, offering unprecedented insight into their technical skills and abilities.
The result? Objective, numerical data that can be downloaded to a spreadsheet for immediate legal-spend analysis.
The process is simple: When hiring legal advisers, or preparing RFPs and tender documents, record each lawyer's Meisterline® rating. After verifying these ratings via our on-line platform, you’ll be able to compare directly the skill-sets of individuals and whole teams of lawyers.
You can then analyse the results as you would other common management metrics - or create your own unique cost and performance measures to find the best lawyers for your legal budget.
The Meisterline Index™ builds on decades of applied research and has been tested on lawyers from over 100 of the world’s leading law firms. It generates ratings that are independent and reliable – and not based on subjective opinions.
Lawyers pay to take our rating assessments, allowing us to give clients access to the system for free. There will be optional paid add-ons to help clients with their assessments. However, the basic system is free to use. Clients simply need to ask outside counsel for their Meisterline® ratings.
Comparing lawyers based on their past work, biographies and marketing claims is time-consuming, subjective and too often inconclusive. Meisterline® ratings offer a simple numerical system for assessing the composition of legal teams, their skill-sets and whether they represent value for money.
Add Meisterline® ratings to project spreadsheets; Map them to billing rates and Alternative Fee Arrangements; Quickly identify under and over-valued legal specialists; Perform return-on-expertise calculations to screen legal teams and for post-project reviews.
Traditional lawyer ranking directories offer subjective, qualitative commentary covering mostly senior practitioners. Meisterline® ratings provide complementary, quantitative data, filling in the gaps across all levels of expertise from junior lawyers to senior partners.
Meisterline® ratings can be easily understood by anyone, whether they have a legal background or not. Being numerically-based and ideal for spreadsheets, they speak directly to senior management and C-suite decision makers.