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12 months ago
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Legal IT Jobs
We have an opportunity for a Project Manager to join our growing team at this exciting time of change.

About the role

The Team

Aligned with the Firm’s strategy, the Legal Project Management (LPM) Team is part of CMS’ Business Strategy & Integration team. Led by the Head of Resourcing, the LPM Team supports the delivery of the firm’s legal project management programme and generally helps the business work smarter on topics such as process improvement and other change initiatives.

The team works with both the lawyers and core business services to help the business manage matters more effectively (from pricing and scoping through to continuous improvement) and identify / deliver changes to working practices and technology opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

The Opportunity

There is an opportunity for a Legal Project Manager to join and shape our young team to deliver lasting change in a friendly and supportive environment. The Legal Project Manager will support the practice in the management of large, complex matters. This specifically includes feeding into and delivering a rigorous approach to scope and cost management and reporting that ensures no surprises for the client and ensures the matter is delivered efficiently.

The role will be jointly responsible for delivering legal project management training to our lawyers.

Additionally, a Legal Project Manager will spend time working with clients, the practice and business support services using project and process consultancy skills on a range of interesting projects and opportunities, for example looking at how we can use innovative technologies or process efficiencies. As such, the role will involve managing a number of projects at a time.

This role reports to the Head of Resourcing.

The Role

The Legal Project Manager will take ownership for working with the Matter Exec from the outset of a matter through to completion of a matter, providing consultancy advice and hands-on support where required. The level of support will depend on the nature and complexity of the matter, but typical responsibilities will include:

Scoping the matter
Planning the matter, including looking for efficiencies in how the matter is delivered and the different resources available (people, processes and technology)
Agreeing the matter budget with the Matter Exec and Partner, including taking into consideration fee structures
Putting into place reporting that provides transparency to the matter team, the Partner and the client, aligned to any specific requirements
Highlighting potential issues around progress, profitability and billing
Introducing structured communications within the team (weekly progress meetings and reporting) and with the client, where required
Supporting deal debriefs

When working with clients directly on other initiatives and projects, the typical responsibilities include:

Attending meetings with clients / partners / senior business support people to discuss business challenges / problems.
Providing consultancy support and recommendations on possible solutions (either using existing people, processes or technologies or new tools/resources).
Provide process mapping and improvement capabilities.
Hands on management of smaller initiatives to deliver the agreed solution.

About you

We are looking for candidates with a background in professional services or the legal sector, with an understanding of a partnership culture.

Successfully delivered business change projects, from initiation through to benefits realisation
Has maintained working relationships at all levels of seniority from executive to project team members and supplier representatives
Has project managed multidisciplinary project teams involving internal and external resources
Strong consulting and facilitation skills
Confident and sensitive style
Adaptable, highly motivated self-starter
Performs well under pressure. Assertive when necessary
Approachable and willing to learn new skills / take on responsibility


Degree (or equivalent)
A project management and/or process management qualification is desirable

Office Skills

Strong working skills of MS office applications (Word, Outlook, Power point etc)
Excellent Excel skills, including using Excel to carry out analysis and reporting
Experience of MS Project and MS Visio would be an advantage
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills
Strong influencing ability
Attention to detail
Able to prioritise quickly, often in busy periods, in a calm manner
Good office administration skills
Confident presenter / trainer

Commercial Skills

Strong business acumen
Experience managing and measuring profitable projects

About us

CMS is an international organisation with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

CMS, Nabarro and Olswang have recently combined to create a truly modern, ambitious, sector driven and technology focused firm for the future. Together we are the 6th largest UK law firm (by UK revenue) and the 6th largest law firm globally (by headcount) with outstanding global reach: serving 39 countries across 70 offices.

All 3 firms have very similar values running through them which will ring true after the combination. We work hard to be a truly client-focused law firm. That means not just understanding the unique challenges of every market sector, but also providing a service that’s tailored to the needs of each client. Our partners are hands-on and work hard to get closer to clients with everything from joint training initiatives and advice surgeries to visits and social events. What’s more, our teams have the ideal balance of personality and industry expertise to suit the varied needs of our clients.

Equal opportunities

We welcome and promote diversity among our staff and we are committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all aspects of employment practice.

If you are interested please apply online or contact Claire Keen, Recruitment Advisor, for more information.

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