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Legal Project Management Training, Coaching, Implementation and Consultancy.
Improving law firm productivity and client satisfaction.
Legal Project Management Limited
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My name is Antony Smith and I am a solicitor by training, with postgraduate qualifications in law, computing and project management. These have been supplemented by continued professional development in project management (I am a full member of the Association of Project Management and the Project Management Institute) along with a successful record of project delivery.
I have considerable experience of project management in all kinds of legal environments: solicitors firms (Pinsent Masons, Berrymans Lace Mawer), academia (School of Law, King’s College London) and legal software development organisations. I enjoyed over ten years experience as a Strategic Project Manager at Axxia / LexisNexis.
Law firms are being challenged to deliver legal services in new ways. I believe the application of project management principles to legal service delivery offers a means of doing this effectively, leading to practices which are increasingly productive, profitable and sustainable.
There are, as I see it, four high level drivers powering the Legal Project Management movement. These are the search for:
I provide training, consultancy and implementation services to law firms wanting to achieve any of the above.
For most of my career I have been involved in the development and delivery of IT systems for lawyers, including workflow software. Workflow systems, which seek to route tasks to the most appropriate personnel for execution, have helped bridge the gap between project management principles applied in IT departments and the legal service process itself. I think law firms would benefit by going further and applying project management principles more explicitly to the practice of law.
In North America there has been some debate about whether there is such as thing
as Legal Project Management at all. Is it necessary to prefix the “Legal”, when law
is just one of many industries where project management principles are being applied?
I explore this issue, and others like it, in the site blog, and I look forward to discussing and debating the issues affecting Legal Project Management in the U.K.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of Legal Project Management, I’d be delighted to hear from you.
I am pleased to be associated with LawSync, based at Sheffield Hallam University and I am on on the Editorial Board of Modern Law Magazine. I write for the magazine regularly and have also had articles published about various aspects of Legal Project Management in other legal publications such as Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer, Managing for Success, Litigation Funding, Private Client Yearbook 2013 and Society for Computers and Law magazine.
I live in Harrogate with my wife and two children. In addition to the usual range of family based activities, I practice Karate (I started years ago, accompanying my son Joe) and do fitness work based around that. I am a black belt. I also try to put something back into the local community, which currently means a couple of hours a week volunteer work for the Harrogate branch of Age UK.
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