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Legal Project Manager

Employer
DLA Piper
Location
Edinburgh, Leeds, London or Manchester
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Vacancy Type
Other specialist roles, Project management
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
Manager
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

The role

THE OPPORTUNITY

The purpose of this role is to be a Legal Project Manager within the international Legal Project Management (“LPM”) team, which is part of the Business and Service Delivery function at DLA Piper. The Business and Service Delivery function at DLA Piper includes project, process and technology experts that work with all global teams to deliver efficiency, tech solutions and process improvement to enhance our client offering and increase competitiveness. 

The LPM team is client facing and acts as a key relationship partner between the wider Business and Service Delivery team, our lawyers, and our clients. LPM is already well established within the firm and supports teams across various DLA International jurisdictions. The LPM team works alongside lead Partners and their legal teams to deliver legal project management activities and advise on best practice for managing legal matters. 

The focus of the team is to implement significant change by driving better service delivery, implementing process improvement and innovation, increasing overall efficiency and providing excellent client service on the most complex matters. This is an exciting time to join the firm as developing more efficient ways of working and broadening our international reach lies at the heart of the firm’s current strategy.

A successful candidate will demonstrate an extensive track record of project management and delivery preferably in a law firm or in Professional Services.

Reporting to a Senior Legal Project Manager, you will work closely with our legal teams to lead on project management activities and to co-ordinate delivery of the legal work in line with clients’ needs and to an agreed timeline and budget. This will involve client contact from the outset to define and document scope, advice on and set-up of internal matter management structure and governance, resourcing and budgeting, tracking transaction and financial progress, managing risk and identifying efficiencies throughout the life of the project.

This role will be based out of one of our UK offices (London, Leeds, Manchester or Edinburgh) but the Legal Project Manager may be expected to travel as and when required as part of their role. 

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide Legal Project Management support to any of the DLA Piper offices as required;
  • Work alongside the lead Partner and legal team to support project delivery;
  • Manage key aspects of legal projects, including scoping, pricing, delivery planning, financial monitoring and reporting, status reporting, liaising with clients (where agreed), tracking scope changes, liaising with specialist departments and potentially other DLA Piper offices or external counsel;
  • Assess and implement Legal Project Management tools where appropriate, to set up, track, and report on the status of each project;
  • Proactively and continuously review requirements and determine the best way to deliver the outputs required using the right people, processes and technology;
  • To promote the services of the Business and Service Delivery team as well as those of other Service Areas as part of a holistic solutions based approach;
  • Monitor project risks and issues, and work proactively to mitigate them;
  • Understand legal working processes through discussions with lawyers;
  • Analysis of work product to identify tasks that could be done by different / more suitable resources;
  • Introduce new working efficiencies where appropriate and develop improved processes, tools and systems;
  • Roll out improvements and solutions through coaching and training sessions;
  • Support lawyers by ensuring accurate information and support is available to them;
  • Develop strong working relationships with other departments and teams including Finance; 
  • Help develop the international LPM team by contributing to knowledge repositories and supporting continuous improvement.

ABOUT YOU

Technical:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in relevant legal operations or project management in a relevant area;
  • Bachelor’s degree in legal studies, business, or any related fields.
  • An analytical and strategic mindset;
  • Very financially aware and numerate;
  • Technologically savvy – ideally familiarity with common legal technologies (e.g. HighQ, Legatics, Kira) but requiring at least advanced working knowledge of common IT applications in particular Excel, Outlook; PowerPoint and Word;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Relevant project management qualification (e.g. Prince2, PMP, Agile) is an advantage but not essential;
  • Having worked “client-side” or “client-facing” is an advantage but not essential;
  • Experience of working in a large international organisation is an advantage but not essential.

Behavioural:

  • Ability to grasp tasks quickly and work autonomously as well as part of a team;
  • Being proactive and think ahead to anticipate next steps and requirements at all times;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Flexibility to adapt approach to different activities and a changing environment;
  • Team player who will work within and be part of a collegial and rapidly growing international team;
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt to different audiences;
  • An ability to quickly prioritise between competing demands and multi-task where required;
  • Analytical and strategic mind set;
  • Customer focussed attitude with desire to always delivery outstanding service;
  • Ability to maintain poise and patience under pressure; 
  • Exposure to professional services culture would be advantageous but not essential.

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied, as required, to develop or fulfil the role of the Legal Project Manager. 

ABOUT US

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

OUR VALUES

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.

AGILE WORKING

We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

Company

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

Company info
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Telephone
+44 (0)20 7349 0296
Location
160 Aldersgate Street
London
EC1A 4HT
GB

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