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
After completing one of my courses you will understand the key principles of legal project management, feel confident about putting them into action and become more able leading teams and driving legal project management roll-out in your organisation.
Legal project management training is for legal service professionals and professional project managers wanting to transition into legal services. Solicitors, barristers, costs lawyers, professional support lawyers, professional project managers looking to enter the legal profession and legal industry consultants wanting to improve services to their clients have all been on my courses.
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 45 countries (and counting). 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.
Legal Project Management Training Courses
Since February 2020 I have delivered all of my training online, with all live training via Zoom. While I would like to return to face to face training, realistically, this is unlikely to return before Autumn 2021 I think. I will of course be monitoring the Covid-19 situation here in the U.K closely and plan accordingly.
I deliver two broad classes of legal project management training courses: IILPM certification courses and shorter non-certification courses.
IILPM LPM certification courses last either two days (Legal Project Associate – LPA), or three days (Legal Project Practitioner – LPP).
- Are based on the IILPM’s 4-Phase Legal Project Management Framework
- Cover traditional (‘predictive’) project techniques as well as Agile (‘adaptive’) techniques
- Have a lot of workshops and exercises so students get some guided practice at applying project management to legal matters.
Shorter non-certification legal project management courses can last varying amounts of time, although most commonly I run ‘bite-sized’ sessions of about 90 minutes or sessions of half a day.
Non-certification courses to date are:
- ‘On demand’ courses open to all
- Courses Lasting up to two hours for partners and senior management staff in law firms
- Half day courses for practising solicitors
- Courses for specific cohorts, such as potential partners and
- Courses for in-house legal teams.
How I Have Helped Others
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
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