The first Legal Project Management (LPM) Network event was held on the 17th of May at No1, Lombard Street, London hosted by Rebecca Fox, Head of Commercial, APM.

The LPM Network event attracted Practitioners and Heads of LPM/PMO from a wide range of well-known law firms, demonstrating the appetite there is for leadership in developing LPM for the industry.

90% of those who attended this first event rated it as “Good” or “Excellent” and 100% stated they would attend the next LPM Network event.

80% of those that attended stated their firms would be increasing their pool of LPMs in the next 12 months, demonstrating the scale of opportunity in this industry.

I’m delighted that the APM is working with us and actively encouraging the establishment of the LPM Network, exactly what one would hope to get from the Chartered Body of our profession.

Our goal is to define LPM standards, guidance and tools for the industry. We have created a smaller Working Group with representation that includes Partners, clients, LPM Practitioners as well as participation from HighQ. The outputs of this group with then be shared with the wider LPM Network for critical review. Once approved, outputs will then be published.

The Working Group meets next on the 14th of June, hosted by Ian Kehoe of Addleshaw & Goddard. Our immediate target is to define:

  1. Set of LPM Principles – high level guidance for those looking to embrace best practice LPM
  2. Taxonomy of LPM terms – removing the confusion between firms
  3. LPM Competence Framework – based on the APM Competence Framework this will set a standard for the role of LPM Coordinator, LPM and Snr LPM in terms of required knowledge and experience

We are working at pace to fill a significant gap in best practice project management and expect to publish within a few short weeks.

Find out more about the LPM Network HERE. I presented the purpose, concept and proposed initial objectives at the first meeting and you can view the slide deck from the event below.