Project Management

Why Law Firms Want Project Managers

Nebil Gaigi

The benefits of introducing the rigors and methodologies of project management are increasingly being recognized in the legal sector, with more and more firms and in-house teams turning to project management professionals to help them deliver legal matters. Those teams which deal with complex, cross-border legal work involving M&A or complicated litigation, for example, are turning to project managers in increasing numbers to help ensure that efficiencies related to both time and cost are achieved. And although the legal sector is relatively late to project management, it is an area ripe for opportunity, especially as technological innovation continues to grow in law at a startling pace and pressures from outside the traditional law firm structures increase.

Of course, in project management one size certainly doesn’t fit all, and this is definitely true in law. Legal project management isn’t all about process, the people aspect needs to be considered too.

Why is the ‘people’ element particularly crucial in the legal sector?

In legal project management, the approach needs to be bespoke. In litigation, for example, each case is completely different and, in some instances, the entire result of a case can turn on the meaning of a single word. There will be some elements in litigation that are broadly the same each time — for example, e-…

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