Proposed Standards/Public Comment

LEDES Proposed Error Code Standard

From Subcommittee Chair and LEDES Vice President Cathi Collins:

The Error Codes Subcommittee of the LEDES Oversight Committee is pleased to put before the membership Phase 1 of the proposed Standard Error Codes for public comment.  The need for these codes has been apparent to our law firm members for many years as they struggle to work within the parameters of numerous marketplace systems to accommodate their clients.  Each legal ebilling system and client implementation has their own unique error messages or codes, some more explanatory than others.  These variations require hours to track down the source of the errors (i.e., what and where to correct) in the submitted invoice.

With a LEDES Error Code standard, the source of errors can be quickly identified as the message and codes will be uniform across all systems.  Further, the LEDES API proposed standard will utilize these Standard Error Codes as part of the API information exchange.

This project will take the form of 3 phases and this is Phase 1 (basic errors).  Phase 2 will endeavor to expand to cover the more intricate tax structures we encounter in today’s billing landscape.  Phase 3 will facilitate more advanced errors and client requirements and will endeavor to advise, in addition to inform.

The proposed codes presented here attempt to address the majority of basic errors and issues encountered during invoice submittal.

With the submission of this Phase 1 of the Error Codes, our Subcommittee has a unique opportunity to author an article relative to the implementation and use of the codes in ILTA’s Peer to Peer publication and we would like that article to feature the first vendor legal billing system to incorporate these Error Codes in their system.

The standard can be viewed with this link: LEDES Error Codes – Phase 1 – 09-19-2019.  The survey is accessible here.

This survey will close on 18 October 2019.

Public Comment Requested – LEDES API

The LEDES Software API Subcommittee was established to develop and publish a new software API that will enable direct application-to-application exchange of legal invoices and other legal information. The goal of this project is to define an industry standard API specification that will allow the law firm time and billing applications to communicate directly to the corporate legal department matter management and e-billing applications.  This in turn will allow the billing clerks at law firms to simply work within their time and billing applications to view the status of an invoice and to submit invoices, accruals and other legal data– all from one application, requiring no manual processing.

You may review this specification here, and you can submit comments on the proposed standard here.

The comment period for this draft standard ends on 18 October 2019.

IP Invention Disclosure Schema To Be Updated

The LEDES Oversight Committee Board of Directors has authorized the creation of a subcommittee to consider updates to the IP Invention Disclosure Schema.  Robin Hunziker, who spearheaded creation of the original standard, is leading this effort.

A draft version of the proposed revisions can be found here, as well as a link to a survey to collect public comment on the changes.

Bill of Costs for England and Wales

There are some important new pages available on

  • Information on the new Model Form Bill of Costs for England and Wales can be found here and   can also be accessed through the menu under Jurisdictional Specific Standards.
  • We have added a permanent page (here) that provides links to articles and postings on the Bill of Costs project.  This page can also be accessed through the menu under the Jurisdictional Specific Standards.