As a team of lawyers who worked in senior roles in 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 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 total reliance on 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.
Legal process rather than the client’s desired outcomes was the main focus. This led not only to indifferent results for clients but also to major cost blow-outs.
We have developed our own methodology for legal project management that is specifically designed to secure desired outcomes. Many of our clients have found that using Allygroup’s legal project management methodology has reduced their costs by 25% or more. Allygroup’s legal project management methodology is designed specifically for large-scale litigation and major transactions.
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.
+ Allygroup’s Legal Project Management methodology
Our Legal Project Management (LPM) 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 LPM methodology was developed by Joanne Rees (link to CV). Joanne’s extremely broad experience (both in private practice and in-house) led her to develop a 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 use this methodology, which is based on the following principles:
- Developing the mindsight (i.e. creating the strategy to run the large-scale litigation or major transaction).
- Building the skillset (i.e. creating the procedural framework through which the litigation or major transaction will be coordinated).
- Setting up the tools/templates (i.e. setting up the processes and procedures through which each individual task will be organised).
- Assigning responsibility for undertaking the individual tasks.
Our approach to LPM 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 framework
Our 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.
+ Legal project management training
At Allygroup, we offer LPM training for businesses, government agencies and law firms.
Our introductory workshops and courses have been designed by lawyers specifically for large-scale litigation and major transactions. They are intended to equip legal practitioners with the tools needed to manage litigation and transactions so that they achieve the desired outcomes cost-effectively.
LPM training is vital for practitioners. The market has changed. Clients today have higher expectations and are more discerning when purchasing legal services. Law firms are no longer calling the shots.
If you work in a law firm or a government agency, you are expected not only to be a highly skilled legal technician but also to understand the principles of legal project management. If you work in-house, you are expected to manage your external legal service providers so that they achieve the desired outcomes cost-effectively.
Unfortunately, these management skills are not taught in law school. Yet, they are vital for your career, because they are now part of the job description of any lawyer.
Using our unique LPM methodology, we can train you to:
- Define the objectives of a project
- Determine the risks associated with the project
- Develop a strategy to meet those objectives and minimise the risks
- Manage stakeholder expectations
- Manage costs
- Allocate resources appropriately.
You will learn how to achieve greater certainty in the following areas:
- Time frames
In addition, you will learn how to run a matter in a way that achieves a greater chance of alternative dispute resolution.
Our half-day training workshops are designed to introduce small groups to the basic methodology behind legal practice management. The workshop includes practical exercises based around scoping a specific matter that is tailored to your business, organisation or firm. Alternatively, we can use an internal project identified by you.
Training materials and templates are provided for attendees to keep. We can also provide you with more advanced training and ongoing support if required.