Are law firms serious about legal project management?

Last week I attended the Legaltech conference in New York. As has been the case for the last few years, much of the conference focused on e-discovery (as it is still called stateside) and ‘predictive coding,’ reflecting the heavy emphasis on large scale litigation in the US legal market. However, there were some sessions on other topics, and in particular I was interested in the amount of attention being paid to the idea of legal project management. Is legal project management something new? Law firms have, of course, been talking about legal project management for many years (I recall as a lawyer being on a weekend project management course in the early 1990s). Many lawyers would say that t

Is Big Data the next big thing?*

Last week I attended the Legaltech conference in New York. As has been the case for the last few years, much of the conference focused on e-discovery (as it is still called stateside) and ‘predictive coding,’ reflecting the heavy emphasis on large scale litigation in the US legal market. However, there were some sessions on other topics, including a series on ‘Big Data’ which was of particular interest. What is Big Data? There isn’t a very satisfactory definition. The one used in the sessions was the McKinsey definition: “Big data refers to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of typical database software to capture, store, manage and analyse” But this begs the question of what is ‘typ

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