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While project management may at first sound like the preserve of engineers and, well, project managers…in reality, project management filters into all aspects of legal practice. Borrowing a definition of project management from LPM, projects are defined by the following three characteristics:
As a result, almost all legal matters fall under the jurisdiction of a project, particularly from the perspective of clients. For clients; many legal matters are temporary and new, representing unchartered territory through which they must be guided and supported. Though lawyers may be tempted to consider legal project as a legal ‘processes’, clients generally view things differently. This bares out anecdotally: How often do clients discuss their frustrations about the movement of cases? Or asking for an update on papers?
Utilising the principles of good project management will empower
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