Role details

Legal Project Manager

London   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Project & Change Management, Law Firm
  • Continuous Improvement, Law Firm

About Our Client

Legal Project Manager - Legal - London

One of the leading global law firms, they undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues. Our client believe that the strength and depth of their practices, their client relationships, their sector approach, the quality of their people and their global platform give them significant competitive advantage.

Job Description

Legal Project Manager - Legal - London

Purpose of the role

The role of a Legal Project Manager is to support the practice in the management of large, complex matters or deals. The size and scale of the matter must warrant the level of support that is suggested below. It is the role of the project manager to understand the requirements of the matter and make a judgement on what level of support should be provided. The individual will also spend around 30% of their time supporting other aspects of the firm's continuous improvement and efficiency strategy as part of their role within the Business Improvement team. This could include looking at innovative technologies and how they could be applied to legal work or reviewing ways of working to make the firm more efficient.

Key responsibilities and challenges

The Project Manager should take ownership for, and jointly deliver on, the following in conjunction with the Practice. Engage with the Matter Manager at the outset of the matter and agree the level of support that is required Work with Matter Manager to ensure core matter controls are in place such as Engagement Terms, Working Parties List, matter plan etc.

  • Help Matter Managers with scoping new pieces of work
  • Assist decision making about the format of information to be shared with the clients
  • Jointly plan the matter with the core team using the appropriate software
  • Use the plan and resource model for the matter to help determine an up front price/budget for the matter taking into consideration fee deals and profitability
  • Support in managing matter commercials such as:
  • Creating a budget for the matter which can be shared with the client
  • Putting in place a process for reporting on WIP and debt monitoring
  • Highlighting potential issues around profitability, recovery and payment
  • Provide input and structures for status update meetings both internally and with the client
  • Understand the reporting requirements of the team determining how the reports can be produced in the most efficient manner.
  • Introduce structured communication channels - weekly calls with agenda, distribution lists, organisation charts
  • Support deal debriefs and post matter client engagement

The Successful Applicant

Legal Project Manager - Legal

Characteristics, skills and experience

We are looking for candidates from any background in industry, general business or consulting who are looking for an exciting opportunity to progress their career rapidly in a dynamic, fast-growing and value-driven team environment.


  • Confident and sensitive style
  • Good listener with strong action orientation skills. Consultative, engaging style, strong on facilitation
  • Adaptable, pragmatic, with a can do attitude highly motivated, self starter.
  • Diplomatic team player with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels from across the firm and to explain and justify solutions in clear non-technical language
  • Ability to earn respect of fellow team members and the practice, willing to assist colleagues (inclusive of out of normal office hours) to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to maintaining high levels of customer service
  • Performs well under pressure. Assertive when necessary
  • Approachable and willing to learn new skills / take on responsibility


  • Degree (or equivalent)

Practical Experience

  • Experience of delivering successful projects
  • Change management experience

Office Skills

  • Strong working skills of MS office applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power point etc)
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication 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.
  • Quality assurance and customer service experience

Commercial Skills

Good business acumen

What's on Offer

Permanent roles available for Legal Project Managers to join a Magic Circle law firm offering a strongly competitive salary.

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