What Is Legal Project Management (LPM)?
Legal Project Management is the application of project management to the delivery of legal services.
Applying project management principles, tools and techniques to client matters helps legal service delivery teams improve the management of cost, pricing, risk, resources and client communications.
How I Can Help You
Legal Project Management Training, Certification and Support
Legal Project Management training is a great way of enhancing existing skills and and supplementing them with new ones.
I help my trainees become more effective project team members and, more importantly, effective project leaders. I see too many legal project managers content with managing rather than leading projects from an operational point of view. This needs to change. Legal Project Management is no longer new, it is an established discipline and career path. It is however still maturing and I help people step up to become operational legal project leaders.
The International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM) certification is now widely recognised, with IILPM Legal Project PractitionersTM or Legal Project AssociatesTM working in more than 30 countries. IILPM certification provides assurance to legal service organisations and their clients that IILPM graduates have a thorough understanding of legal project management and are competent to play leading roles in legal service delivery teams.
How I Have Helped Others
“The three days achieved exactly what I was looking for – to pull together various bits of disparate knowledge and thinking, and to reassemble them into something more structured and coherent.”
“Incredibly useful and informative. Well structured and kept me engaged, whilst progressing at a good pace. Thank you!”
“Antony is a fantastic trainer, highly knowledgeable, very intelligent and with a great sense of humour which made the training very pleasant.”
“Antony is an expert in his field. Highly recommended”.
"An intensive and informative course providing a solid grounding for would be legal project managers."
"This is an excellent course that will provide you with all the necessary tools and information to integrate legal project management into your business".
“I would recommend this course to anyone interested in legal project management: informative, engaging and thought-provoking.”
“I feel confident I am leaving training with a sound understanding of the LPM methodology and how to implement it within the firm”.
"Fantastic course, both practical and technical".
"Excellent course, well delivered. The right level of coverage of core project management methodologies before moving on to legal project management".
“I found the course very informative…I can’t wait to put it into good practice!”
“A very informative course held in a collaborative environment.”
“As a project manager from outside the legal industry this course was a great introduction to project management in law.”
“We engaged Antony to deliver a series of seminars about Legal Project Management. Feedback from members who attended was overwhelmingly positive about both the content and presenter.”
“Antony’s course is really well run and delivered. A good mix of teaching styles: lecturing and interactive workshops / discussion points.”
"Excellent interactive course with lots of practical examples and tips that can be implemented immediately".
"An excellent training program for anyone who wants to learn about legal project management".
“Thought provoking and interesting. I look forward to putting it into practice and seeing the inevitable changes within the industry”.
"Enlightening and useful course, mixing formality with the light touch of interaction within the workshops. The course has encouraged me to want to learn more".
“I would definitely recommend the course for a detailed overview of legal project management and for upskilling”.
“I really enjoyed Antony’s course. The concepts were well explained and illustrated with interesting practical examples.”
“Antony is a smart and open-minded coach who clearly enjoys interaction with his students and I would be very happy to work with him again.”
"Excellent delivery of an innovative course. Antony showed flexibility and responsiveness to student needs. The workshops and exercises helped better understanding of the project management concepts presented".
"A course that provides a huge amount of insight and information but also makes you think very hard about how you do things and how you could do them better".
“Antony is knowledgeable and his passion for the topic was evident. The course itself has great content with lots of information, and I loved the book of templates”.
“I thought the course was really good – I’ve covered some areas before, but it was great to have those areas refreshed and there was plenty that was new.”
“Antony provided training for my team on Legal Project Management. I highly recommend Antony’s training.”
“Antony is a pleasure to work with and he has been a real asset to our business as we invest in further technology for the future benefit of our practice.”
“Antony has a strong understanding of both the legal process and IT systems. This enables him to produce very compelling solutions helping law firms to get real advantage and ROI.”
“If you want to learn about the opportunities and challenges associated with implementing legal project management and legal process improvement, I’d recommend a half day session with Antony as an excellent starting point.”
“Antony and I share similar views in relation to the application of IT to the law and he has real world experience of what the day job entails which informs his views in relation to IT.”
“Antony is particularly good at looking at market and product ideas which lie slightly outside of business as usual – he is a thorough researcher and passionate advocate of his ideas and proposals.”
“Introducing workflow systems into numerous departments and offices throughout the firm presented challenges on a number of fronts. Antony did an excellent job of managing these projects.”
About me – Antony Smith
I am a solicitor by training, with postgraduate qualifications in law, computing and project management. These have been supplemented by continued professional development in project management along with a successful record of project delivery. I am a founding member of the International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM), and full member of the Association of Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
I have considerable experience of project management in all kinds of legal environments: solicitors firms (Pinsent Masons, Berrymans Lace Mawer), academia (School of Law, King’s College London) and legal software development organisations. I enjoyed working as a Strategic Project Manager at Axxia / LexisNexis for more than 10 years.
Some Of My Blog Posts
The purpose of the recent second edition of the Legal Ombudsman’s Guidance on Good Costs…
Some commentators have been asking whether law firms and other legal service organisations should adopt…
Sometimes it is better for legal teams to apply quick fixes to service delivery problems…
As noted in my last post, many practising lawyers are wary of ceding operational control…
The recent survey conducted by the International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM) confirms that…
What are the key challenges facing legal project managers? How do these challenges impact on…
Legal Project Management (LPM) is a well-established discipline and the role of legal project manager…
Many lawyers tell me that although they have done some project management activity as part…
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