The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management

The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management is an invaluable asset for any firm looking to capitalise on the strategic gap in the market; whether it be through introducing the fundamentals of LPM, or by bolstering existing functions to incorporate process improvements and to support Knowledge Management initiatives.

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Details

  • Publication date: February, 2017
  • Pages: 105
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-276-1

Description

Effectively implementing project management has become a key ambition for many firms across the world. The interest project management has garnered from the legal sector is not surprising; the range of benefits it offers are extensive and impactful; including reducing costs, enabling more efficient commodity work, and creating more accurate budgeting forecasts.

However, despite the general consensus on its value, adoption rates have been slow across the sector – only a handful of top firms have successfully implemented LPM into their practices, and are reaping the benefits. The slow adoption rates create a real opening for a competitive advantage through Legal Project Management, even at a basic starting level, as according to Jim Hassett even “glacial progress can produce new business when you are competing with firms that are making no progress at all”.

Featuring expert analysis on the form and function of LPM from leading industry experts, and case studies from top law firms on effective implementation and take-up, this title offers a robust overview of project management functions in the legal sector.

Contents

The Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Project Management includes:

  • Case Studies from two leading law firms on the implementation and take-up of LPM.
  • A complete overview of the founding principles of project management.
  • Expert analysis on how LPM can directly support, and be directly supported by, other law firm functions; such as knowledge management.
  • Includes an overview on how LPM can be combined with process improvement to amplify benefits.

Featuring case studies from:      

  • Seyfarth Shaw on how LPM has made an impact of client services
  • Piper Smith Watton on encouraging fee-earner support for IT-based LPM systems

Authors

Jim Hassett
Author and Founder, LegalBizDev.
Karen Dalton
Senior enterprise project manager at Seyfarth Shaw.
John Duggan
John is senior legal project manager at Seyfarth Shaw.
Helen Bunker
Helena is a divisional director of private law at Blake Morgan.
Barbara J Boake
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Rick A Kathuria
National director, projectmanagement office and legal logistics, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Antony Smith
Founder of Legal Project Management Limited.
Zena Applebaum
Director of competitive intelligence at Bennett Jones LLP.
Lann Wasson
Senior manager of knowledge management, Husch Blackwell LLP
Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD
Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD is a Legal Lean Sigma Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.