PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR LAW FIRMS WITH LEGAL SCRUM?

30 August 2018

The legal innovation event Lexpo was a good reason to visit Amsterdam again in May. We found one of its key themes, "Legal Project Management", as the most striking topic.

Law firms put a lot of effort into providing a customer with the best possible price estimate for a new assignment. Often, there is much less focus on ensuring that the actual cost matches with the given estimate. The final invoice is essentially affected by project management skills of the responsible lawyer. In the worst case, the overrun of the agreed price cap is only noticed in the invoicing stage.

GDPR – THREE WEEKS LATER

14 June 2018

The GDPR project in CSI Helsinki started in spring 2018 when a global software company told in a webinar about the forthcoming changes in the EU legislation. The speakers got everyone’s attention by stating that infringement of the new regulation would cost them several billions of euros.

The threat of sanctions is something I’m sure everyone working with GDPR projects remembers as the first incentive to learn more about the regulation and to take action.

20 YEARS OF LAW STUDENT TRAININGS

07 June 2018

Law student trainings are a sign of spring

For us, a clear sign of spring are the CSI Lawyer trainings for law students which have maintained their popularity since the turn of the millennium. We cooperate closely with the law faculties of the Helsinki and Turku Universities, and in the five training sessions held this April there were students from both universities again.

LEXPO’18 – EXPECTATIONS FOR THE TOP LEGAL INNOVATION EVENT OF THE CONTINENTAL EUROPE

12 April 2018

Lexpo´18 focuses on knowledge

Last year was CSI's first time at Lexpo, the leading legal innovation event held in Amsterdam. The experience was so positive that we are now getting prepared for Lexpo´18 which has four themes;

  • Business Intelligence & Data Science discusses how law firms can utilize their huge amount of data to improve profitability, develop client relationships and optimize their legal services and processes.
  • Dynamic Knowledge Management ponders the ways law firms and clients are trying to reinvent knowledge management in order to gain competitive advantage.
  • The Legal Blockchain discusses practical implications of the blockchain technology on the legal industry and how law firms are beginning to work with it.
  • Legal Project Management offers practical LPM examples by renowned subject-matter experts, as many law firms are still facing challenges to embrace this concept.

KEY METRICS FOR BUSINESS SAVVY LAW FIRMS

20 February 2018

We are doing great – or are we?

Recently, I heard a story about a law firm that had employed a new CFO. The CFO naturally wanted to know how the law firm was performing. According to the managing partner they were doing great, with a nice turnover growth compared to the previous year. However, the further discussion revealed that their personnel costs had grown much more.

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