LPM Definition

Legal Project Management (LPM) is the application of project management principles and practices to enhance the delivery of legal services. In fact, it is much more than that. Research found that it includes technology enablement, process improvement and people leadership (team dynamics).

It [LPM] involves more thoroughly defining the engagement at the outset, planning it, executing/actively managing it andevaluating/closing the matter at the end. It is not “rocket science” but does involve the application of specific methodologies, tools and approaches that have not historically been used by lawyers - Susan Lambreth, author

LPM recognises that legal matters are projects, and to be able to be planned and executed consistently and effectively, they should embrace appropriate project management tools and practices. This not only increases efficiency, it enables fixed price legal work.

The value of LPM practices also helps ensure that law firms and legal service providers remain profitable through:

  • clear scope development and change management;
  • managing their own risks and being responsive to resolve project issues;
  • consistently delivering quality outcomes even during peak workloads periods; and
  • improving client and key stakeholder relationships.