The reaction comes following an article in legal news magazine The Lawyer detailing the restructuring of two major law firms to make room for a number of non-legal professionals from the project management industry.
Hogan Lovells and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, two multinational law firms, have both recently announced a restructuring of their hierarchy in order to make room for senior project management professionals. The move is designed to address the increasing concern regarding the consistency of approach and organisation within top-level organisations in the legal industry.
The roles are initially to be of a global capacity, with six positions being created at the highest levels of management within both companies. The roles will act as pilots in order to determine whether the plan should be continued throughout the entire pyramid of employees after the trial period.
The pilot schemes will incorporate the ideas of the existing project teams, as well as new plans brought in from project management industry professionals. The idea is to establish a training plan for lawyers, with the overall aim to assess what kind of systems would benefit each organisation in terms of productivity, efficiency and consistency.
At the end of the year, the project leaders will meet with company executives and discuss the best way of moving forward, and whether the introduction of specific project management teams is a beneficial step for the respective companies.
A spokesperson for ILX, long-term advocates of the PRINCE2® project management methodology, has released a statement following the news. ‘The fact that two major law firms are taking steps towards an integrated project management setup highlights just how crucial the correct skills are in order for a company to achieve their full potential.
‘Such an endorsement from the law industry, by definition the standard bearers in quality of judgement, can be seen as a huge vote of confidence for the project management industry as a whole. With the right leadership and communication throughout the implementation of these ventures, there is no reason Hogan Lovells and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer should not reap the rewards sooner rather than later.’
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