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Clifford Chance

Legal Project Management

Turning complexity into clarity

Your most important matters need dedicated project management. Our team of Legal Project Management (LPM) professionals work with lawyers and clients to handle the most complicated stages of legal operations, to turn complexity into clarity.

As businesses respond to changing markets and new technologies, they need legal services delivered at speed but without any compromise on quality. Our proven Legal Project Management skills mean that, no matter how large or complex the task, each matter is organized and delivered efficiently, while also creating the greatest value for our clients.

What is Legal Project Management?

Our team consists of local project professionals based in 13 offices, supported by our project analyst center of excellence in Clifford Chance Delhi, further improving the efficiency and scalability of our team. We take the time to understand your needs and develop a plan that delivers excellent legal advice in the most efficient and economical way. As an early adopter of legal project management, Clifford Chance has been providing clients across the world with innovative, cost-saving solutions since 2016.

How does it work?

We work with lawyers and clients to handle the most complicated stages of legal operations, turning complexity into clarity.

First, our team will help you accurately scope all the legal matters relating to your project. We then design a plan that matches your objectives before putting the right people and tools in place to successfully deliver it.

Throughout the project, we manage resources to make sure the work is executed efficiently and that legal costs are tightly controlled. Our team will communicate with you regularly to meet your internal reporting requirements and minimize any surprises.

Our investments in technology mean we can provide a variety of highly effective tools, including those relating to document collaboration, project management, financial reports, document review, advanced data room and secure file transfer.

Key benefits

By taking the time to understand your needs and applying our proven skills, clients benefit from:

- Excellent legal advice delivered efficiently, on time and on budget

- More time available for our lawyers to focus on technical legal work

- Greater collaboration, transparency and visibility across complex projects

- Better management of risks and cost at project, programme and portfolio levels

- Key performance indicators that highlight necessary actions and improve outcomes.

Legal Project Management in action

We helped our banking client to manage complex matters relating to US and local governmental regulatory investigations. The LPM team provided support with the high volume of data and language requirements involved, co-ordinating in-house, contract and Clifford Chance lawyers across multiple jurisdictions.

As a result, we were able to boost efficiency and free up associate and partner time to focus on legal work. Greater financial transparency was achieved through regular reporting of work in progress against budget. By acting as a central point of contact, the LPM team was also able to track billing and travel arrangements. This was key to managing costs effectively and addressing the complex lawyer immigration/visa issues that were an ongoing challenge in this multijurisdictional project.

Taking the next step

To find out more about how our team of professional Legal Project Managers can help you handle your most complex legal operations quickly and efficiently please contact Aaran Scott.

Legal Project Management at a glance

  • With over 50 Legal Project Managers across the globe, they play an increasingly prominent role on our client’s most complex and critical matters.
  • Every year our Legal Project Management works on complex matters worth approximately £250 million, playing a crucial role in supporting our lawyers in the delivery of client services.
  • Our global team recently won the 'Innovation in LPM from a Law Firm' category at the IILPM Annual Global Awards 2022
  • Our client's global reorganisation involved more than 55 jurisdictions, with a team of Clifford Chance Legal Project Managers from across Europe, the Americas and APAC managing a range of workstreams. The team reduced the lawyer workload by 3,000+ hours, helping to save our client time and money through our resources and LPM dashboard.
  • We helped our client coordinate the review of commercial contracts during a game-changing merger as well as providing general transactional support, from project communications to financial updates to key stakeholders.

  • The sale by auction of multiple business properties for one of our clients was supported by our LPM team, which coordinated key activities, including preparing the Virtual Data Room and Vendor Due Diligence reports as well as bidder coordination and sale completion.

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