Legal Project Management

At Allygroup, we specialise in legal project management and are the market leader in project management for litigators in Australia.

As a team of lawyers who worked both in the private and government sectors, as well as in-house, we became aware that lawyers managing large-scale litigation and major transactions were facing a range of challenges:

  • No clear project plan or strategic direction
  • No clear appreciation of the relevant project stakeholders
  • Lack of clarity regarding who is undertaking the work and how it can be delivered more cost-effectively
  • Inefficient fee arrangements, such as billable hours
  • Lack of accountability for budgets set at the outset of the project
  • Irregular project updates
  • Lack of clear communication/agreement before undertaking work
  • little gathering and dissemination of knowledge acquired during the project 

In addition, the focus tended to be placed on the legal process rather than the client’s desired outcomes. This led not only to indifferent results for clients but also to major cost blow-outs.
 

Allygroup’s legal project management methodology

We developed our own methodology for legal project management that is specifically designed to secure desired outcomes such as:

  • Greater certainty regarding costs, time frames and outcomes
  • Minimisation of risks posed by legal matters
  • The best possible allocation of resources
  • A greater chance of achieving alternative dispute resolution
  • Expedited decision-making processes
  • Easier and more insightful reporting to the executive
  • Increased value added by your legal department to your organisation as a whole.

Many of our clients have found that using Allygroup’s legal project management methodology has reduced their costs by 25% or more.

Our approach to legal project management ensures that you:

  • Deliver the highest-quality legal advice and services
  • Ensure that all stakeholders are engaged
  • Keep your costs down
  • Resource matters and transactions efficiently
  • Achieve budget predictability
  • Provide value for fees.
     

Allygroup’s legal project management methodology is designed specifically for large-scale litigation and major transactions

Our legal project management methodology is unique because it is centred around the relationship between the lawyer and the client, rather than on the process itself. Other forms of legal project management tend to apply the basic principles of project management to litigation or major transactions, with little understanding of the legal industry.

Allygroup’s legal project management methodology was developed by Joanne Rees, who has worked as a partner and managing partner in one of Australia’s leading law firms, as a senior consultant to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and as a senior partner at one of the Big Four accounting firms, where she led the NSW Government Advisory Practice.

Joanne’s extremely broad experience (both in private practice and in-house) led her to develop a legal project management methodology that is highly analytical, rather than being purely process based. This means that it is specifically designed to achieve the best outcomes in both large-scale litigation and major transactions.
 

Allygroup’s legal project managers can assist businesses and government agencies

If you are a business or a government agency, you can use one of Allygroup’s legal project managers to ensure that when you engage an external lawyer they understand:

  • What you expect them to deliver
  • When they need to deliver it
  • What it will cost.
     

Allygroup’s legal project managers can assist law firms

If you are a law firm using one of Allygroup’s legal project managers, both you and your client will know at every stage of the planning and delivery process:

  • What the client is getting
  • When the service will be delivered
  • What it will cost.


How Allygroup’s legal project methodology works

Allygroup’s legal project managers use our methodology, which is based on the following principles:

  1. Developing the mindsight (i.e. creating the strategy to run the large-scale litigation or major transaction).
  2. Building the skillset (i.e. creating the procedural framework through which the litigation or major transaction will be coordinated).
  3. Setting up the tools/templates (i.e. setting up the processes and procedures through which each individual task will be organised).
  4. Assigning responsibility for undertaking the individual tasks.

 

Allygroup’s legal project management framework has five stages:

Stage 1: Defining scope and strategy, which involves outlining the scope of the project and listing the milestone stages.

Stage 2: Leveraging resources, which involves putting together the most cost-effective and appropriately resourced team (including exploring legal professional outsourcing).

Stage 3: Forecasting the budget, which involves preparing and agreeing to a project budget.

Stage 4: Monitoring the project, which involves preparing regular status reports to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

Stage 5: Identifying the lessons learned, which involves undertaking a post-project review. This includes measuring the outcomes against the scope, time frame and budget. The lessons learned can then be applied to future projects.
 

How can we help you?

We can provide you with a skilled, commercially focused legal project manager able to manage the relationships between the key stakeholders so that their objectives and expectations are met on time, within budget and to the highest possible standard.
 

If you would like to find out more about how we can provide you with an experienced and highly skilled legal project manager to assist with your matter or transaction, please call us on +61 2 9216 9800, or email us on info@allygroup.com.au.