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Knowledge Management in Law Firms: Expertise in Action

Edited by: Luis Felipe Mohando, Silke Gotschalk, Martin Schulz, Gerard Tanja

ISBN13: 9781911078135
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Globe Law and Business
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £125.00

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Knowledge has always been at the heart of the legal profession. This is because an essential component of practising law involves applying knowledge and expertise to solve clients' legal problems.

In the rapidly changing contemporary legal world, where cases, transactions and legal issues become increasingly more complex and globalised, managing the firm’s knowledge and expertise becomes crucial for finding innovative solutions to legal problems, serving clients effectively, reducing risks and delivering profitability to the firm.

In this timely book, more than a dozen renowned knowledge management professionals provide their expert insights on all aspects of managing knowledge in a law firm. Topics covered include: building the business case for a knowledge management plan; implementing an agreed strategy; organising the knowledge management function; implementing enterprise search technology; and fostering the contribution of lawyers to their clients’ perspective on learning and quality.

The wide range of topics covered, coupled with the depth of the authors’ experience in real-life legal knowledge management, make this book an invaluable reference work for law firms looking to shape their knowledge management function, both in smaller firms where know-how sharing is a limiting factor for expansion and in larger firms interested in developing their knowledge management function further.

For that reason, the book should be of interest to anyone looking for an insight into legal knowledge management, including law firm partners, knowledge management professionals and consultants, professional support lawyers and fee earners.

Legal Practice Management
The business case for innovative KM in law firms – getting partners behind KM projects
Creating and implementing a KM strategy for a law firm
Implementing KM strategy in practice
Governing knowledge assets in a law firm
The PSL career and perspective on KM
Managing content: structured taxonomy, informal tagging, both?
Implementing enterprise search in a law firm
KM, leadership and human resources
Getting lawyers to contribute content to KM systems and then to use KM resources
KM and project management
Client-facing KM and business development and marketing
KM in M&A transactions
Social technology driven business models in law firms
Contrasting KM in management consulting and law firms
Librarians and collaboration
Organising KM in a law firm – how do we structure it?