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King & Wood Mallesons to train nearly 500 lawyers in project management

30 March 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

King & Wood Mallesons will be rolling out legal project management training to nearly 500 lawyers this year.

Approximately 480 senior lawyers with more than three years’ experience across all the firm’s Australian centres will be trained by the end of 2012. Those with a deeper interest will be able to obtain professional certifications in project management. 

The firm says this will be the first formal LPM training programme in the Australian market. LPM is a systematic and standardised approach for scoping, planning and managing legal work within an agreed time and budget. 

“Our clients have told us they want accountability, predictability and certainty on cost. LPM will enable us to consistently deliver for our clients on budget and within agreed timeframes so there are no surprises,” said Australia managing partner Tony O’Malley.  

“Our aim is to make efficiency our business challenge, not our clients.” 

A key element of the programme is giving clients transparency over how their matters are being managed and how their budgets are being used. The firm plans to present options to clients to decide upon what needs to be prioritised and how they want their budgets to be spent. 

The course has been designed by Edge Consulting. The firm has also invested in customised project management software to support its objectives. 

Several law firms around the world have been developing their approaches to LPM, with varying success. See this article for an analysis.



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