• Managing Legal Projects

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Introduction

Therese literally wrote the book on Legal Project Management after working with a major global law firm. As a project specialist she was astounded by the lack of project management discipline within legal practice. Especially when legal matters have all the characteristics of projects and would definitely benefit from the application of the frameworks and disciplines that have been proven to help project managers successfully deliver high value, high risk and highly complex projects with confidence.

Our courses draw on academic disciplines to create effective learning outcomes, as well as extensive practical experience that helps you accelerate your journey towards competency. You’ll can immediately apply changes to the way you work and use simple, yet effective tools to deliver on time, on budget, delight clients and get your life back.

Legal Project Management is the foundation for all of the The BASALT Group’s products, we provide specifically tailored tools and techniques designed for immediate application in the legal context. LPM improves the delivery of all legal matters – regardless of size or practice area. Legal Portfolio Management expands on LPM to provide frameworks and tools to manage all the legal matters within a portfolio. All critical milestones are made visible and resources are effectively allocated across all matters. Managing Legal Teams acknowledges that all project based work is delivered by people. Legal team leaders need the skills to direct and manage individual lawyers to deliver.

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Managing Legal Projects

Legal Project Management (LPM) is becoming a pivotal discipline in the legal sector. It helps lawyers to deliver on time and on budget; drive efficiencies and improve productivity; delight your clients; and regain their work-life balance.

The BASALT Group aims to take the current levels of general awareness amongst lawyers to the next level of competency. We will do this by working with lawyers to change their ways of working through the application of legal project management disciplines, tools and techniques.

The core disciplines include – Matter Scoping; Matter Scheduling; Matter Costing; Resourcing & People Management; Client & Stakeholder Management; and Monitoring & Controlling.

Managing Legal Portfolios

Legal Portfolio Management is different to Legal Project Management. A portfolio is an organised collection of legal matters that will see improved results from coordinated oversight and resource allocation. More productivity and efficiency improvements are achieved when lawyers and legal teams use LPM to deliver every matter. And Partners and Team Leaders use Legal Portfolio Management to ensure visibility of all milestones and to allocate team members across all matters within the portfolio.

The disciplines of Legal Portfolio Management support legal teams to efficiently and effectively juggle the competing demands and priorities of many different legal matters and clients. These disciplines include – Portfolio Planning; Workforce Planning; Legal Project Management, Practice Management; Resourcing & People Management; and Client & Stakeholder Management.

Managing Legal Teams

The effective management of legal teams is critical to the successful delivery of legal matters. Just as with any project related activity, legal outcomes are achieved for clients and stakeholders by allocating and leading people to undertake the work. Legal matters only get done because there is someone working on them – an individual lawyer or a team of lawyers.

It is important to ensure that the right lawyers with the right skills, experience and behaviours are assigned to the legal work. It is even more important to ensure that the legal team is managed effectively so that all client outcomes can be achieved by delivering on time, on budget and satisfying the expectations. The core disciplines of involved in managing legal teams are – leadership; communication; and team work. A foundation requirement is being able to manage personal productivity.