An excellent opportunity exists to join the Legal Project Management (LPM) team of this international law firm. Led by the Head of Resourcing, the LPM Team supports the delivery of the firm’s legal project management programme and generally helps the business work smarter on topics such as process improvement and other change initiatives.

The team works with both the lawyers and core business services to help the business manage matters more effectively (from pricing and scoping through to continuous improvement) and identify / deliver changes to working practices and technology opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

The Legal Project Manager will support the practice in the management of large, complex matters.  This specifically includes feeding into and delivering a rigorous approach to scope and cost management and reporting that ensures no surprises for the client and ensures the matter is delivered efficiently. The role will also be jointly responsible for delivering legal project management training to the firm’s lawyers.

Additionally, the Legal Project Manager will spend time working with clients, the practice and business support services using project and process consultancy skills on a range of interesting projects and opportunities, for example looking at how the firm can use innovative technologies or process efficiencies. As such, the role will involve managing a number of projects at a time.

This role reports to the Head of Resourcing.

The Role

The Legal Project Manager will take ownership for working with the Matter Exec from the outset of a matter through to completion of a matter, providing consultancy advice and hands-on support where required. The level of support will depend on the nature and complexity of the matter, but typical responsibilities will include:

  • Scoping the matter
  • Planning the matter, including looking for efficiencies in how the matter is delivered and the different resources available (people, processes and technology)
  • Agreeing the matter budget with the Matter Exec and Partner, including taking into consideration fee structures
  • Putting into place reporting that provides transparency to the matter team, the Partner and the client, aligned to any specific requirements
  • Highlighting potential issues around progress, profitability and billing
  • Introducing structured communications within the team (weekly progress meetings and reporting) and with the client, where required
  • Supporting deal debriefs

When working with clients directly on other initiatives and projects, the typical responsibilities include:

  • Attending meetings with clients / partners / senior business support people to discuss business challenges / problems.
  • Providing consultancy support and recommendations on possible solutions (either using existing people, processes or technologies or new tools/resources).
  • Provide process mapping and improvement capabilities.
  • Hands on management of smaller initiatives to deliver the agreed solution.

The Person

The firm is looking for candidates with a background in professional services or the legal sector, with an understanding of a partnership culture.

  • Successfully delivered business change projects, from initiation through to benefits realisation
  • Has maintained working relationships at all levels of seniority from executive to project team members and supplier representatives
  • Has project managed multidisciplinary project teams involving internal and external resources
  • Strong consulting and facilitation skills
  • Confident and sensitive style
  • Adaptable, highly motivated self-starter
  • Performs well under pressure. Assertive when necessary
  • Approachable and willing to learn new skills / take on responsibility

 

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Job Details

Job Ref: 22997
Hours: Full Time
Location: UK – London
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: Market rate

Contact

Julius Reeves Julius Reeves

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+44 (0)20 7614 9208

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