The Reluctant Rise of Project Management in Law

Snapshot: Project Managers in the U.S. versus the UK According to the Altman Weil Flash Survey “Law Firms in Transition 2014,” 41.3% of the law firms surveyed (including 42% of the 350 largest US law firms) reported that training in Project Management (“PM”) is key to increased efficiency in legal service delivery. The surprise is that 58% of the surveyed firms do not recognize the key role PM plays. The numbers are markedly different across the pond where large law firms have routinely deployed project managers for several years. The countries’ different regulatory climates might account for the disparity; the UK’s green light to alternative business structures (“ABS”) has infused their law firms with a more business-like approach to legal service delivery.
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Global E-Billing: Global Access and Data Privacy

Every step of the e-billing process, regardless of region, must be controlled through a combination of transport-level technologies and process-level controls. E-Billing programs must provide security against data vulnerabilities, including between physical and logical processing process steps. Suitable security related measures must be employed to ensure that trusted processes cannot be compromised.
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Global E-Billing: A Challenging Regulatory Environment for International Invoicing

Outside of North America, the e-billing process—that of creating, submitting, auditing, correcting and approving invoices—is subject to much more stringent regulatory and reporting requirements. This is most associated with Europe, where legal electronic billing (“e-Billing”) falls under the broader regulatory rubric of either the United Kingdom or the Model European Union electronic invoicing.
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The Continuing Reality of Transformation for Corporate Legal

Corporate law departments are in the midst of an active period of transformation.  Driven in large part by the new demands on the General Counsel, today’s law departments are expected to serve a business function, as much as they are their traditional legal roles. From 2010, when we first endorsed the term Enterprise Legal Management, ELM has become a recognized management discipline and a strategic objective for corporate law departments.
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Externally Hosted Practice Management Solutions: Cloud-Based and Software-as-a-Service

The use of externally hosted systems is a hot topic in today’s business technology world.  Once considered a non-starter in legal and intellectual property, there is a new-found openness to the possibility of practice management systems and data residing outside of the traditional “behind-the-firewall” infrastructure model.  The change in approach has followed the broader business technology trend towards more efficient and effective use of external infrastructure available through cloud-based and SaaS systems.
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Workflow Automation in Intellectual Property Management

Intellectual Property groups have typically relied on their “docketing systems” as the central resource for managing task assignments, deadlines and other case-related information.  While a traditional docketing system provides important country rules and PTO procedures, these systems tend to be more limited in their workflow capabilities to automate processes across the IPM lifecycle or to meet unique client-defined requirements.
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