Legal projects management?

Lawyou — viernes, 26 de febrero de 2021

In recent years it has been increasingly common to hear about Business Project Management (BPM) or project management, a practice that has also reached the legal area.

As a result of this arises the legal project management or LPM, which aims to help define a project, plan it, execute it and close it. That is, it aims to help the proper organization of tasks to meet the demand for speed and efficiency of the market. Therefore, from LAWYOU, we consider paying attention to this innovative form of practice.

What benefits does it offer?

Planning benefits both firms and clients, since it allows to understand and schedule from the beginning the work to be done. Therefore, the client will be able to know the times in which each action will be given and therefore know in advance an overview of the development of the process.

The determination of this «action plan» will in turn serve to carry out a correct distribution of the work, knowing the resources and costs of the process.

This management system is designed for law firms of all sizes. LAWYOU’s lawyers point out that it is more necessary in cases involving complex cases and numerous teams, where there is more uncertainty about the specific objective. However, small firms can also benefit from the implementation of a system of project work, assigning specific tasks within the complexity of a case to the experts in the field they have.

Therefore, it allows to establish standards and systems of similar cases, as far as process is concerned, but without losing the creativity that makes the lawyer stand out in his profession.

We must not lose sight of the fact that, as we have already mentioned, the system is also beneficial for improving the relationship with the client. Because this one knows from the beginning the times and costs of the process, which will bring a great tranquility.

How is it done?
As Kenneth Grady, an expert in legal project management, points out, it is not necessary to use too many resources to implement this system, it is enough to implement a simple project system. That is, change the idea of a file for that of a project and, in this, determine phases, people and deadlines in something as simple as a spreadsheet. Likewise, there are also several softwares aimed at legal project management that larger firms could invest in, since they offer greater ease in establishing a space for collaboration and intercommunication between professionals in real time.

In conclusion, the LPM is not a specific competence of law, but it helps the effective practice of matters, for greater effectiveness, which will result in cost reduction and a better informed client and, therefore, more relaxed.

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