Invoice Flags Explained (Clients)

Brightflag's invoice flags allow you to easily view breaches of your billing guidelines and billing inefficiencies charged on an invoice.

Flags are powered by Brightflag's artificial intelligence using language analysis. 

Flags are located at the center of the Invoice Analysis page


How does Brightflag's Artificial Intelligence generate flags?

Brightflag uses A.I.-driven language analysis to read and understand the narrative lines of an invoice allowing clients to view billing breaches and inefficiencies charged on an invoice.

These coded lines are applied against your company’s billing guidelines and industry best practice guidelines.

Any line items breaking these guidelines will trigger a flag, highlighting exactly what has been breached. In a nutshell, the A.I. has done the heavy lifting of review for you.

Which line items are triggering flags to appear?

Click on a flag title to filter the line items that relate to that flag. Scroll down to view these lines. 1 line item may relate to several flags.



How are my company's billing guidelines in Brightflag?

Your company's billing guidelines (engagement terms) are configured into Brighflag's rules engine. The flags that appear on an invoice are based directly on your company's billing guidelines. Your company's Brightflag system administrator has the ability to change the flag configuration at any point, to optimize them for use.

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Flag Categories and Description


Staffing Flags

  • Non-Lawyer Time: Ensure only pre-approved timekeeper roles are permitted to bill
  • Significant Paralegal/Partner Time: Highlight excessive time spent by more senior or junior lawyers on a particular matter
  • Staffing Supervision: Identify where lawyers bill for the supervision of staffing issues
  • Read-In Time: Track time spent ‘getting up to speed’ on a matter due to staff turnover



Fee Flags

  • Research: Track time spent performing research or any kind
  • Administrative Support Costs: Highlight excessive time spent on printing, copying, scanning or other administrative tasks considered as firm overhead
  • Internal Communications: Flag excessive internal emails, calls and meetings between various law firm staff
  • Billing Process: Identify time spent preparing invoices, budgeting, submitting invoices to Brightflag
  • Participation at Meetings/on Calls: Track multiple timekeepers attending the same calls or meeting with the client
  • Attendance at Court: Track multiple timekeepers attending the same hearings or depositions
  • Time Recordings > X Days: Identify time recordings greater than a specified number of hours per day
  • Training Time: Highlight time spent providing and receiving substantive legal training
  • Travel Time: Ensure work is being performed while lawyers travel or prohibit it altogether
  • Significant Time Spent on X: Highlight time billed for work on prohibited activities such as audit letters, engagement letters, conflict checks etc.



Expense Flags

  • Prohibited Expenses: Track and reject law firm overhead expenses
  • Prior Approval Required Expenses: Flag and review expenses that require approval on a case by case basis
  • Third-Party Expenses: Identify where third-party vendors are utilized, such as private investigators, arbitrators, mediators, experts etc.
  • Out of Town Travel Expenses: Highlight items billed associated with travel, such as meals, hotels, flights etc.


Billing Format Flags

  • Block Billing: Prevent firms from billing multiple tasks per narrative line
  • Insufficient Narrative Detail: Flag line items with vague or unclear descriptions, preventing full analysis
  • Insufficient Timekeeper Detail: Flag line items with missing timekeeper rates, line totals
  • Non-English Narrative: Highlight line items billed in a language other than English
  • Time Increments > 6 Minutes: Identify work which has not been billed in six-minute increments
  • Unspecified Expenses: Flags disbursements labelled ‘Misc’ or otherwise unclear descriptions
  • Repetitious Work: Highlight repetitive work performed by the same timekeeper on an invoice.
  • Repetitious Work Across Separate Invoices: Highlights repetitive work performed by the same vendor within the same matter.



Budget Flags

  • Budget Warning: Flag when a matter is close to, but not yet exceeding a pre-agreed budget
  • Budget Overrun: Flag when a matter exceeds a pre-agreed budget
    • These four flags are automatically active. They will only show if the given matter has a matching budget style.
      • Vendor Budget Monthly Overrun
      • Vendor Budget Fiscal Quarter Overrun
      • Matter Budget Fiscal Quarter Ovverrun
      • Vendor Budget Fiscal Year Overrun
    • The three flags can be configured at a customer level
      • Budget overrun - Vendor specific
      • Budget overrun 75% - Vendor specific
      • Budget overrun 150% - Vendor specifi



Error Flags

  • Incorrect Gross Total: Ensures the fees, expenses, and discount add up to the correct invoice total
  • Time Entry Calculation Error: Flags, when an individual time entry calculation of rate x hours worked, is incorrect
  • Discrepancy in Narrative Totals: Check whether the overall line total matches the top-level fee total



Timekeeper Flags

  • New Timekeeper: A new timekeeper who has not been submitted to Brightflag for approval has been detected. Please note that a timekeeper referenced on an invoice document must match an existing approved rate exactly. This includes any middle initials/abbreviations.
  • Timekeeper Rate Increase: A timekeeper is charging more than their pre-agreed rate
  • Rejected Rate Request: A timekeeper rate that has been rejected by a client has been billed
  • Pending Rate Request: A timekeeper rate has yet to be approved by a client
  • Incorrect Rate Period: A timekeeper is billing a higher rate for a period before that rate was approved



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