HFW Implements Global Resource Management System After Successful Pilot
Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has implemented a global resource management system after a successful six-month pilot.
Under the new system, HFW can allocate client matters more flexibly across the firm, based on individual lawyers' expertise and current workloads, rather than the traditional law firm approach of associates being tied to specific partners.
To facilitate the change in approach, HFW has adopted a new software platform that monitors lawyer utilisation in real time. This allows the firm to efficiently allocate matters to lawyers with spare capacity, ensuring better and more balanced utilisation across the business.
The resource management system was initially piloted by the firm's global Aerospace group, which saw increased utilisation of 7.5% worldwide and 20% in London over a three-month period.
Sid Welham, COO, HFW:
"We're always striving for ways to improve the service we offer to our clients. Our new resource management system enables us to make best use of the incredible expertise we have across our global industry groups, legal services and international network. It also means that our lawyers get a chance to broaden their skills by working on a variety of matters.
"The pilot was an overwhelming success, and the system is already proving invaluable during the Covid-19 crisis. Despite much of the firm switching to remote working as a result of lockdowns, we have been able to quickly and effectively respond to urgent client enquiries and help them through this challenging period."
HFW instructed legal resource management consultancy Mason & Cook to help devise and implement the new system, including the company's 'Vantage' software. Mason & Cook consultant Alex Trodd has been embedded within HFW throughout the process.
HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.
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