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Helping you develop your legal project management and legal process improvement capability.

Antony Smith – Director, Legal Project Management Ltd

Even as a young solicitor I gravitated more to organisational improvement rather than direct client work.  I have always been fascinated about how the blend of individual skills, process execution and organisational support come together to deliver first class legal services.

Lawyers are clearly being challenged to deliver legal services in new ways.  Applying project management and process improvement principles to legal service delivery allows lawyers to meet these challenges.

I have experience in law, project management, process improvement and legal I.T.  By putting these together, I help legal teams improve delivery of their legal services.


Creating more effective lawyers and legal teams with project management

The U.K’s largest law firms now employ full-time legal project managers, working alongside their lawyer colleagues.  I have for a long time believed that legal project management is applicable to all lawyers and all law firms, not only the very largest.  The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) agrees.

In its Statement of Competence for Solicitors, the SRA describes many tasks expected to be performed by all solicitors in terms of project management.  For example, the Statement refers to solicitors ‘meeting timescales, resource requirements and budgets’ (for more please see Section D of the Competence Statement).  This sounds like a high level definition of ‘a project’ to me.

Developing lawyers’ project management skills is just one aspect of creating an effective project based legal service organisation. I believe all of the following are required:

1. Tools – ranging from document templates to software applications.
2. Methods and Processes – standard matter project plans supported by lower level processes and activities.
3. Skills – of both lawyers and support staff, working together as productive teams.
4. Organisational Project Maturity – to help ensure that the project delivery capability of the firm continues to grow.

The ultimate aim is not to become better at legal project management per se, but for lawyers to become more effective and clients to become happier with the service they receive. Happier clients are more likely to pay their bills quicker, instruct their law firm with more work and provide referrals.

I help lawyers and their colleagues achieve these aims by providing legal project management training, certification and support.

Creating more effective lawyers and legal teams with process improvement

I have worked on various kinds of process improvement projects in law firms since the late 1980’s.

For a long time process improvement activity was considered as something which only firms engaged in ‘high volume, low value’ legal service provision did.  This is no longer true, as law firms (and in-house teams) of all shapes and sizes now look to improve their processes.

There is a clear relationship between legal process improvement and legal project management (which I explain further in this blog post).

Experience shows that it can take longer for the benefits of process improvement to be appreciated compared to legal project management.  Legal project managers usually have a client facing role and hence a higher profile than legal process improvement professionals.  Hence the work of legal project managers can be more readily seen compared to that of legal process improvement professionals.

‘Improving processes’ can sound rather vague.  The reality however is that its not just ‘processes’ which are improved.  In my experience legal process improvement is in practice all about improving the effectiveness of legal teams.

If you would like to take a process driven approach to improving legal team working, why not consider attending one of my legal process improvement training courses?

My professional journey

I am a solicitor by training, with postgraduate qualifications in law, computing and project management.  I am a Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) and a founder member of the International Institute for Legal Project Management (IILPM).  I am also qualified in the Prince II project management methodology (practitioner level) and I am a full member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).  

I have a record of successful project delivery 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.

Since 2012 I have been an independent consultant, providing project management and process improvement services to law firms.  I also write regularly about legal project management.  PDFs of some published articles can be downloaded from here, and you can find my blog site’s home page here and subscribe to my blog posts here.


What am I like to work with?

People tend to describe me as being an enthusiastic, honest, hardworking individual with a sense of humour.  I come from Liverpool originally which may help explain the latter.   I am an objective and considered thinker, with a preference for basing decisions on facts followed by thoughtful analysis.  My default mode is to turn initiatives into plans with objectives, and this is perhaps why I have also been called a ‘completion expert’.  I have over 35 years experience of working in the legal services market and I understand what it takes for individuals and organisations to succeed in that market.

This understanding underpins my legal project management training.  My training reflects the need for effective delivery of legal services, as practised in the real world by solicitors, barristers, in-house lawyers, government lawyers, cost lawyers, professional support lawyers, paralegals and business development staff.  I really enjoy running legal project management training courses and feedback from students shows they enjoy it too.  My courses are comprehensive, intensive and at times challenging.  They are great learning experiences and we all enjoy a few laughs along the way.

The collaborative nature of the training run by Antony allowed me to engage with peers from diverse backgrounds…
Magdalena Papiernik-Konig, Partner

Antony is a great facilitator.  He made the three day course enjoyable and the engagement exercises were informative and great for idea sharing.

Jan Cruickshank, Expert Support Consultant

The scope of the training was significant, but Antony covered the training in real detail, splicing the theory with decent interactions around participants experiences' in work.

James Woodham, Legal Project Manager
The Legal Process Improvement Professional (LPIP) is an excellent course with lots of details…
Rosie Isaac, Process Improvement Executive

I have completed both Antony's Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement Courses, and having moved into a newly created Legal Project Management role I can say that the tools…

Sam Silsby, Legal Project Manager
The three-day course with Antony was very enjoyable and rich in content…
Geraldine Riethmann, Legal Operations Advisor
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…
Andrew Smith, Head of Group Legal Services
I would definitely recommend the course for a detailed overview of legal project management and for upskilling…
Margaret Ivowi, Legal Contracts Manager

A really informative and interesting course. Antony also provided great materials, as well as information, to be used on a day-to-day basis.

Mark Kitchen, Legal Solutions Manager
Enlightening and useful course, mixing formality with the light touch of interaction within the workshops…
William Whawell
The LPIP course covered a lot of really useful content...and I felt by the end of it that I had a great set of tools I could immediately put into practice…
Peter Boyce, Head of Case Presentation and Appeals
I found Antony’s Legal Process Improvement course to be both engaging and insightful.…
Miranda Robertson, Knowledge Paralegal
Clear explanations, slides and practical exercises – combined with delegates’ interaction – kept our interest levels high over the full two days of the LPIP course.…
Sarah Barrett-Vane (LPIP)
I recommend this course to everyone wishing to strengthen their skill base and be part of the future of legal service delivery.…
Sarah Keegan
This course is worth 2 - 3 days of your time.…
Ijeoma Osuchukwu, Solicitor
The three-day course provides a comprehensive insight into legal project management and how legal project management techniques can be implemented effectively in practice…
Tyler McEwan, Costs Lawyer
I was slightly concerned about taking a course via Zoom but I needn’t have been, this method of training delivery worked very well…
Gaynor Paul, Project Manager
A very accessible and practical course which gave me confidence to start small and have a go…
Tarnya Mason, Associate Director, Real Estate
Excellent course. Provides a clear and in-depth introduction to legal project management…
Dean Robertson, Costs Consultant
Many topics covered in the course are relevant and helpful to the practice areas I work alongside…
Dale Gibbons, Senior Associate (Costs Lawyer)
Antony is very knowledgeable and excellent at conveying the key concepts of legal project management…
Samantha Jago, Costs Lawyer
Incredibly useful and informative. Well structured and kept me engaged, whilst progressing at a good pace…
Natalie Swales, Partner
Antony is a fantastic trainer, highly knowledgeable, very intelligent and with a great sense of humour which made the training very pleasant…
Christiana Aristidou, Partner, Head of International Business, Tax and IP Law
Antony is an expert in his field. Highly recommended…
Michael Tyler, Partner, Head of Costs
An intensive and informative course providing a solid grounding for would be legal project managers…
Simon Murray, Partner & Head of Costs Services
This is an excellent course that will provide you with all the necessary tools and information to integrate legal project management into your business…
Nicola Billen, Partner, Head of Insurance
I would recommend this course to anyone interested in legal project management: informative, engaging and thought-provoking…
Paul McCarthy, Partner, Head of Costs
I feel confident I am leaving training with a sound understanding of the LPM methodology and how to implement it within the firm…
Charlotte Boswell, Costs Lawyer
Fantastic course, both practical and technical…
Rebecca Jorgensen, Associate, Head of Employment
Excellent course, well delivered.  The right level of coverage of core project management methodologies before moving on to legal project management…
Andrea Mulchrone, Associate & Deputy Operational Client Manager
I found the course very informative...I can't wait to put it into good practice…
Jemma Young, Project Manager
A very informative course held in a collaborative environment…
Lucy Handford, Managing Associate
As a project manager from outside the legal industry this course was a great introduction to project management in law…
Adam Holder, Head of Project Management
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…
Sue Nash, Former Chair
Antony's course is really well run and delivered. A good mix of teaching styles: lecturing and interactive workshops / discussion points…
Sarah Barrett-Vane
Excellent interactive course with lots of practical examples and tips that can be implemented immediately…
Emma Newby
An excellent training program for anyone who wants to learn about legal project management…
Abilash Unny, Project Manager
Thought provoking and interesting. I look forward to putting it into practice and seeing the inevitable changes within the industry…
Nicola Sayers, Housing Development Legal Officer
I really enjoyed Antony's course. The concepts were well explained and illustrated with interesting practical examples…
Anna Sulowska, Legal Editor
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…
Harald Evers, Attorney at Law
Excellent delivery of an innovative course.  Antony showed flexibility and responsiveness to student needs…
Stella Akpotoma, Senior Immigration Consultant
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…
Katherine Bird, Director of Business Development
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…
Clare Collins, Head of Learning and Development
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…
Katherine Milliken, Head of Practice Development
Antony provided training for my team on Legal Project Management. I highly recommend Antony's training…
James Barrett, Managing Associate
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…
Fiona Morrison, Practice Manager
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…
Ian Wylie, Legal Workflow Developer
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…
Adrian Livesley, Managing Partner
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…
Stuart Whittle, Partner, IT & Operations Director
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…
Karen Taylor, Head of Product Management
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…
Martin Godfrey, Director

Legal Project Management Training Courses 2024: Public Courses Open to Subscription

You can sign up and pay for any of the courses listed below.

The Legal Project Associate (LPA) course and certification (comprising two days of training) costs £850.

The Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) course and certification (comprising all three days of training) costs £1300.

Online payment is via Paypal, which is safe and secure.

If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact me and I will send you an invoice.

If you are self-funding and find payment by instalments helpful, please contact me to arrange a payment schedule.

Legal Project Management Training via Zoom, May 22 - 24, 2024.

Legal Project Management Training May 22, 23 & 24, 20241300.00 GBPLegal Project Practitioner Certification
Legal Project Management Training 22 & 23 May, 2024850.00 GBPLegal Project Associate Certification
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Legal Project Management Training, Face to Face, September 18 - 20, 2024

This face to face training course will be held at ETC's venue in Chancery Lane, London.

Full address: 50-52 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1HL.

Lunch will be provided as will be refreshments during the morning and afternoon breaks.

I always enjoy training at an ETC venue and if you prefer face to face training, then this is the course for you.

Legal Project Management Training September 18, 19 & 20, 20241300.00 GBPLegal Project Practitioner Certification
Legal Project Management Training September 18 & 19, 2024850.00 GBPLegal Project Associate Certification
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Legal Project Management Training via Zoom, November 27 - 29, 2024

Legal Project Management Training November 27, 28 & 29, 20241300.00 GBPLegal Project Practitioner Certification
Legal Project Management Training November 27 & 28, 2024850.00 GBPLegal Project Associate Certification
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Legal Process Improvement Training Courses 2024: Public Courses Open to Subscription

The Legal Process Improvement Professional (LPIP) certification course runs for two days.

By default, this course is taught online using Zoom and Miro.

The price for the course is £850.

You can choose a course below and pay online via Paypal, which is safe and secure.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer please let me know and I will invoice you.

Also if you are self-funding and find payment by instalments helpful, please contact me to arrange a payment schedule.

Legal Process Improvement Training and Certification, April 25 & 26, 2024

Sold OutLegal Process Improvement Training 25 & 26 April 2024850.00 GBPLegal Process Improvement Professional (LPIP) Certification
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Legal Process Improvement Training and Certification, October 24 & 25, 2024

Legal Process Improvement Training October 24 & 25, 2024850.00 GBPLegal Process Improvement Professional (LPIP) Certification
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

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