LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
DELIVERING LEGAL SERVICES EASIER

Australia's only International Institute of Legal Project Management endorsed training provider offering globally-recognised LPM training, certifications and qualifications for individuals, practice groups, firms and in-house counsel.

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What is Legal Project Management?

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, as the research into the Legal Project Management Competency Framework found that it includes technology enablement, process improvement and people leadership (team dynamics). It creates both high performing people and guidance by great systems and process.

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 project practices also helps ensure that law firms 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.

The 7 Reasons to Engage Peopleistic Legal PM

Peopleistic Legal PM is a division of the global Peopleistic people and project management consultancy and training organisation. We understand that law firms need good people and great process that leads to a high performing culture. Our uniqueness is that:

1. We are Australia’s only internationally-recognised legal project management education. We are the only Accredited Training Provider of the International Institute of Legal Project Management in the country;

2. We are the only training provider that offers the IILPM internationally-recognised LPM certifications in Australia: Legal Project Associate, and Legal Project Practitioner;

3. We offer the only National qualification in project management that are delivered focused on a legal operating environment: both the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, and the BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management;

4. Our trainers are internationally-experienced qualified, certified and practicing project managers themselves, and Nationally-accredited educators;

5. We provide legal project management project templates with our courses, providing you key tools to be using in your organisation; and

6. We offer eLearning, face-to-face and blended training options. This includes offering customised eLearning courses with our sister company Film My Video; and

7. We are part of the global Legal Project Management Advisory Council, offering international firms a network of quality trainers in Australia, USA, UK and Spain; and

START TRAINING TODAY - COMPLETE AN E-LEARNING COURSE

Get instantly trained in Legal Project Management principles at anytime and in any country through our eLearning program featuring adjunct Associate Professor Todd Hutchison LPP.

This eLearning course can be accessed 24x7 and offers video tutorials, downloadable student manual and LPM templates.

This course can lead to the Legal Project Associate certification (application fee is an additional US$147).

This course provides a full student manual, 14 topics, over 9 videos and 8 project templates.

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This online course covers:

1. About this Course (includes a downloadable Manual)

2. Introduction to Legal Project Management

3. Beyond Just Project Management

4. The Project Life Cycle for Managing Legal Matters

5. The Legal Project Management Team Roles and Responsibilities

6. The 10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management

7. The Legal Matter Work Breakdown Structure

8. Legal Matter Project Management Methodology

9. Budgeting for Legal Matter Fixed Pricing

10. Key Stakeholder Management and Communications

11. Risk Management

12. Professional Recognition in Legal Project Management

13. Glossary of Terms

14. Gaining the Legal Project Associate certification

HOW CAN WE HELP?


Legal Project Management Education
(6 Training Options)
Delivering public and law firm customised Legal Project Management education to cover the critical knowledge areas for lawyers, practice managers, and para-legal professionals. As Legal Matters are projects, lawyers are project managers.  

The accredited training days build upon one another up to a maximum of 5 days.

We offer:

  • 0.5-day Legal Project Management Insights that provides a fast paced introduction to the core principles and practices of Legal Project Management; 
  • 1-day Legal Project Management Essentials that provides a fast paced introduction to the core principles and practices of Legal Project Management and includes practical activities; 
  • 2-day Delivering Legal Projects that leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Practitioner™ (LPP) certification;
  • 3-day Leading Legal Projects  that leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Practitioner™ (LPP) certification, or with workplace evidence you can apply for the Certificate IV in Project Management Practice; and
  • 5-day Managing Complex Legal Projects  that leads to the internationally-recognised Diploma of Project Management.
All training education programs are endorsed by the International Institute of Legal Project Management. 
Legal Project Management Certification
(2 Certification Options)

Based on the training we provide in Legal Project Management, you have the optional  opportunity to gain international recognition through specialist LPM certification. 

This provides recognition for those supporting and working in legal matter teams, and those leading legal matters.  

These certifications are for lawyers, legal project manager, practice managers,  para-legal professionals, and professional project managers wanting to go into the legal industry. 

We offer:

  • 2-day Delivering Legal Projects that leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Associate (LPA) certification; and the
  • 3-day Leading Legal Projects or the 5-day Managing Complex Legal Projects that leads to the internationally-recognised Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) certification.
All certifications are issued  by the International Institute of Legal Project Management. 
Legal Project Management PM Qualifications
(3 Qualification Options)

Our Legal Project Management training can also lead to internationally-recognised project management qualifications through the Business Education Institute.  

The training is customised to the legal services environment, however allows graduates to be recognised in the wider project management profession (independent of industry), which allows for meeting educational prerequisites to sit global PM exams.

We offer:

  • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (specialising in Legal PM) that requires both a minimum of 3-days training and workplace evidence as a legal matter team member; and
  • Diploma of Project Management (specialising in Legal PM) that requires both a minimum of 5-days training and workplace evidence as a project manager (legal project practitioner); and
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (specialising in Legal Practice) that requires both a 6-days training and workplace evidence as a Partner, executive manager or portfolio leader.
All qualifications are issued by the Business Education Institute. 

EXPLAINING THE EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS

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OUR KEY EDUCATION PROGRAMS


Our programs provide practical skills that can be used in the workplace immediately. Learn from global experts and gain internationally-recognised qualifications, and certifications.

Our training programs are detailed below and include:

0.5-day Legal Project Management Insights
(Non-accredited Introductory Workshop)
Purpose:  Provides a high level introduction to legal project management terms and principles in a presentation style.
Designed for: Those supporting legal matters or working in legal matter teams., or used where the legal practice wants to introduce the LPM concept.
Duration:  Half day Education.
Prerequisites: None.
Leads to:   This program is non-accredited (standalone).
Available as:  Public seminar or organisation specific training.
1-day Legal Project Management Essentials
(Non-accredited Introductory Workshop)
Purpose:  Provides a high level introduction to legal project management terms and principles in an applied group workshop style.
Designed for: Those supporting legal matters or working in legal matter teams., or used where the legal practice wants to introduce the LPM concept.
Duration:  One day Education.
Prerequisites: None.
Leads to:   This program is non-accredited (standalone).
Available as:  Organisation specific training.
1-day Creating a High Performing Legal Team
(Embeds Extended DISC Profiles)
Purpose:  Provides a neuroscience-based approach to getting insight into personal performance that extends to team dynamics to achieve a higher performing team.  
Designed for: Partners (executive management), portfolio teams, or legal matter project teams.
Duration:  One day Education, following by one-on-one personal debrief session to look at personal ways to accelerate individual performance through the Extended DISC profile insights. Participants are required to do an online behavioural profile before the course starts. They will receive a 24 page personalised behavioural report, and the legal practice receives a team profile. 
Prerequisites: None. 

Leads to:   This program aligned to a competency unit in the internationally-recognised:

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management  that requires workplace application to achieve the Statement of Attainment for the competency unit. 
Available as: Organisation specific training only.
2-day Delivering Legal Projects
(LPA Certification Program)
Purpose:  Provides an applied working knowledge of legal project management terms, principles and practices.  It provides a focus from a legal matter project team members. It is also useful for roles like Practice Manager in supporting legal matters.
Designed for: Those supporting legal matters or working in legal matter teams, or leading less complex legal matters.
Duration:  Two day Education.
Prerequisites: None.
Leads to:   This program leads to the IILPM globally-recognised Legal Project Associate certification on completion (an application fee applies). 
Available as:  E-Learning, public or organisation specific training.
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3-day Leading Legal Projects
(LPP Certification & Certificate IV in PM Practice Program)
Purpose:  Provides a legal project manager perspective to an applied  understanding legal project management terms, principles and practices.  This course services existing and aspiring legal project managers.
Designed for: Those leading legal matters and overseeing legal matter teams.
Duration:  Three day Education.
Prerequisites: Ideally the participant has experience leading legal matters.  A person having completed the ‘Delivering Legal Matter Projects’ is only required to do the last day training.

Leads to:   This program leads to the internationally-recognised:

  • Legal Project Professional (LPP) certification on completion (an application fee applies) provided that they are a qualified lawyer or working in a legal environment; and/or
  • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice qualification on completion (an assessment fee applies) provided that they complete the workplace evidence at a legal team member level. This is a global qualification recognised as achieving PM skills for any industry, however our program content is legal environment focused.
Available as:  Public or organisation specific training.
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5-day Managing Complex Legal Projects
(LPP Certification & DipPM Program)
Purpose:  Provides a senior legal project manager perspective to an applied  understanding legal project management terms, principles and practices, as well as advanced leadership skills.
Designed for: Those leading simple and complex legal matters and overseeing legal matter teams.
Duration:  Five day Education.
Prerequisites: Ideally the participant has experience leading legal matters.  A person having completed the ‘Leading Legal Matter Projects’ is only required to do the last two days of training.

Leads to:   This program leads to the internationally-recognised:

  • Legal Project Professional (LPP) certification on completion (an application fee applies) provided that they are a qualified lawyer or working in a legal environment; and/or
  • Diploma of Project Management Practice qualification on completion (an assessment fee applies) provided that they complete the workplace evidence at a legal project manager level. This is a global qualification recognised as achieving PM skills for any industry, however our program content is legal environment focused.
Available as:  Public or organisation specific training.
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OUR INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION PROGRAMS


Our internationally-recognised qualification programs align to developing the business skills to enable better leadership competencies for running a legal practice, and legal project management competencies for leading legal matter engagements. They are endorsed and issued under the authority of the Australian Government. When delivered within a single law firm, the content can be customised to the business systems, methodology and processes of that practice.

We offer the following qualifications through our Australian Government-approved registered training organisation - the Business Education Institute:

Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
(LPA and LPP Certification Aligned Program)
Purpose:  Provides an applied working knowledge or legal project management terms, principles and practices. 
Designed for: Those supporting legal matters or working in legal matter teams, or leading less complex legal matters.
Duration:  Three day Education achieved through the ‘Leading Legal Projects’ course with workplace evidence required at the legal project team level.
Prerequisites: None.
Aligned to:   This program aligns to the IILPM globally-recognised Legal Project Associate or the Legal Project Practitioner certification on completion.
Available as:  E-Learning (generic PM), public or organisation specific training.
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Diploma of Project Management
(LPA and LPP Certification Aligned Program)
Purpose:  Provides an applied working knowledge or legal project management terms, principles and practices that extends to complex legal matters.. 
Designed for: Those leading simple and complex legal matters. legal matters.
Duration:  Five day Education achieved through the ‘Managing Complex Legal  Projects’ course (or an additional two days training after the ‘Leading Legal Projects’ course) with workplace evidence required at the legal project manager level.
Prerequisites: None.
Aligned to:   This program aligns to the IILPM globally-recognised Legal Project Associate or the Legal Project Practitioner certification on completion.
Available as:  E-Learning (generic PM), public or organisation specific training.
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Diploma of Leadership and Management
(Legal Practice Partners and Managers)
Purpose:  Provides leadership and management training to lead the legal practice, or portfolio, as well as for those wanting advanced leadership skills. 
Designed for: Those leading or aspiring to lead legal practices, or manage a portfolio.
Duration:  Six day Education achieved through the ‘Managing Legal Practices and Portfolios’ with workplace evidence required at the leader level.
Prerequisites: None.
Aligned to:   There is no certification this course is aligned to.
Available as:  E-Public, organisation specific training or through coaching.
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OUR GLOBALLY-RECOGNISED LPM CERTIFICATIONS


We are the only Australian training provider whose education leads to two globally-recognised certifications through the International Institute of Legal Project Management:

Legal Project Associate
(for Legal Matter Project Team Members)
Purpose:  Recognises those supporting legal matters or working in legal matters project teams. 
Educational Prerequisite: 2-day ‘Delivering Legal Projects'(recognised prior learning may be possible for individuals who have undertaken similar training that meets the certification requirements).
Experience Prerequisite:  There is no experience required to gain the certification, but exposure to a legal environment is preferred.
Certifying Entity Body:  International Institute of Legal Project Management. The application cost is US$147, and the certification is issued as a perpetual recognition.
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Legal Project Practitioner
(for Legal Project Managers)
Purpose:  Recognises those leading legal matters or aspiring to be in a leadership role. 
Educational Prerequisite: 3-day ‘Leading Legal Projects’ (recognised prior learning may be possible for individuals who have undertaken similar training that meets the certification requirements).
Experience Prerequisite:  The applicant must be a licensed lawyer, worked in a law firm pr internal counsel for at least one year, or working in the capacity of adviser, consultant or trainer for at least one year in a legal environment.
Certifying Entity Body:  International Institute of Legal Project Management. The application cost is US$177, and the certification is issued for a 5-year period before recertification is required.
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Why is there a global trend towards Legal Project Management?

The Legal Project Management discipline is now becoming globally recognised by the legal profession. Law firms started to manage their complex legal matters more aggressively as a means of keeping down costs and responding to client demands for fixed price legal work. It was quickly realised by law firms that taking a project management approach helped improve their systems and processes, as well as its focus on productive relationships, and effective communications.

Every 'Legal Matter' is a project, and every lawyer is in fact a project manager. The change is simply the formality of how projects are planned and executed, to enable a consistent law firm-wide approach.

Legal work has specific outcomes, and should largely follow a defined cost and schedule base, with the flexibility to adapt (change) when certain conditions are met. This follows the principles of project management practice.

This allows for fixed prices with the ability to increase the chargeable fees where a client is not meeting their required obligations, or where the legal matter changes its scope or status (e.g., where an arbitration activity is confirmed to be heading to court).

In the November 2016 edition of The Law Society of WA's 'Brief' magazine, the College of Law noted, 'The introduction of fixed fees, outsourcing of legal work, intelligent systems and the internationalisation of Australian legal practice are beginning to impact on the legal market and how lawyers practice, and the skills lawyers will need in the future'.

It is not a complete change to the legal practice, it is a refinement that allows lawyers, practice managers and para-legals to work with more clear roles and tasks, with a focus on quality, time and budget.

Law firms are moving toward a market demand for fixed priced legal work, which requires a Legal Project Management approach. The Law Council of Australia set up a Future of the Law Committee who acknowledged that, “…some key disruptive technologies will likely include…project management and workflow systems” (June 2016).

As lawyers effectively are already project managers, other project-trained professionals are being involved in legal service delivery, to take care of the process and thereby reducing the law firm's overall costs of its project team, while allowing the lawyers to focus on the legal issues at hand. This reflects high performing teams at a lower overall cost to the firm, without compromising client outcomes.

A sustainable law firm has a values-driven culture, achieves high performance through recognising the power of its people, and has processes that guide good behaviour that enables positive client experiences. Clients are asking for fixed prices so they can engage without the fear of a blown budget. Become the law firm that client's rave about, that people want to work for, and receive a lot of referral and repeat business.

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OUR SENIOR TEAM LEADERS


TODD HUTCHISON
CEO, Australia
GARY DE RODRIGUEZ
CEO, United States

OUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICES


Our Peopleistic Legal PM division is managed from our Perth Australia office:
AUSTRALIA
(Perth)
PEOPLEISTIC PTY LTD
Unit 7, 628-630 Newcastle Street

Leederville, Western Australia, 6007

Telephone: 1300 762 600

Facsimile: 1300 425 550

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
(Texas)
PEOPLEISTIC LLC
Suite 1000, Floor 10, East Tower

5080 Spectrum Drive, Addison, Texas, 75001

Telephone: 972 773 9130

Facsimile: 972 773 9642

OUR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ALLIANCES


Peopleistic is involved in two international research projects with the following universities:

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Middlesex University
(London)
Our Humanistic Business business book has led to research into Corporate Europe business practices.
This research is developing case studies, and conscious business evaluation tools relating to humanistic business principles and practices. The research findings will also lead to master-level educational development programs.
 Similar tools are being developed and tested in Australia.
Curtin University
(Perth)
Todd Hutchison (CEO, Australia) is leading research into business growth and the impacts of team synergy on the results.
This research is developing a business evolution model that sets out the stages of business development, and the evaluation tools to test behavioural performance and the synergistic influences of teams that contribute to business success.
Todd Hutchison will complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as part of this research.

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