Areas of law
- Companies law
- Trust law
- Contract law
- Insolvency law
- Industrial law (labour)
- Engineering and Construction law
- Financial services law
- Insurance law
- National, provincial and local government law
- Parliamentary law.
- Law relating to State Owned Corporations.
- Environmental law.
- Administrative and constitutional law
- Public Finance Management Law.
- Procurement law
- Civil and criminal procedure.
- Consumer law
- Mining and Energy law
- Media law, Information law
- Intellectual properties law
- Mining, Energy, Oil & Gas
- Health care
- Software development
- Health care
- Public administration
Project management is a crucial skill required for the efficient and effective provision of legal services, and is often neglected. Most legal practitioners still make use of an outdated file diarising system, which does little to plan the project properly, prioritize, delegate portions of the project to various persons and track results.
The effects of the lack of project planning are even more visible where there are multiple role players required to develop strategies, conduct research, find facts and execute other related tasks.
We have combined two project management methodologies to find a combination that works for us. We us the principles of GTD (Getting Things Done — a book by David Allen on time and productivity management) and scrum methodology that was originally developed for software development but has in recent years expanded into other domains as it has proven to create focus and get results.
With this methodology we create an overall “backlog” of all the activities to be executed, move them to the to-do list, which governs the work for the week or two week sprint, move them to the doing list and finally to the done list.
We make use of various project management systems.
We are however flexible to work within the project management systems of our clients and see this as an excellent learning opportunity.
Problem solving, troubleshooting and risk management
The accurate articulation of the problems at hand through the eyes of the various stakeholders, is an extremely important part of ensuring that the approach to problem solving is holistic and practical.
We also aim to accurately articulate the victory conditions through the eyes of our client, so that there is agreement on what victory looks like in any given circumstance.
We actively seek to find a range of possible ways to solve a problem as to avoid betting all on one game plan, taking into consideration the direct and indirect risks associated with proposed solutions to specific problems, such as strategic risk, operational risk, financial risks and reputational risks.
The role of “devil’s advocate” is specifically assigned to a person or persons (they can also be assigned other roles) within the project team, with the specific purpose of constructively testing the assumptions, facts, evidence and conclusions, thereby decreasing the possibility of bias, fallacies and omissions compromising the achievement of the victory conditions.
Crisis management (including PR and media management)
Organisations sometimes find themselves in vulnerable positions, having to deal with crisis, which if not dealt with properly could bring the company to its knees.
These crisis often require the development and distribution of content to allay the fears of various stakeholders. This process requires the careful consideration of the crisis at hand.
Our teams are equipped to deal with these fast paced crisis.
We make use of project management software, cloud based storage systems and other online research and analytical software and tools to serve our clients.
The Internet of Things and advancements in research and analytical tools have shortened the distance between uncertainty and certainty considerably.
Investigations (forensic and otherwise)
Our teams have been involved in various high stakes investigations into fraud, corruption and other wrongful acts, working with specialised consultants.
Multi-Faceted Accountability Strategy
In most accountability matters the “what do we do now?” point is reached after certain facts have been established. This is a critical juncture where accountability can only be achieved if an informed accountability plan follows.
Facts and information can mean many things and open up multiple possible avenues of accountability in various different forums that can be used to get the client to the desired outcome.
Argumentum partner with clients to move from the “what now?” position to a position where the client has a menu of options and a method and plan for the execution of each one.