Our unique approach to solving legal problems
These perspectives guide our work and explain our value:
Legal risk management should be informed by probability not merely by possibility
Actor analysis: Legal strategy should also be informed by what motivates the players and not only by the written rules of the game
Clients need more options that don’t involve litigation
The less board, executive and senior management time it takes to deal with legal projects, the better
Want to find out more? These infographics explain our problem solving methodology, what ‘legal intermediary services’ means, and how legal project management fits into it all:
This problem solving methodology guides our work and explains our value:
Events naturally cause things to turn out differently than originally expected. Corrective action must be calculated to achieve the desired outcomes with limited resources, if it’s viable to pursue.
The available options to plan from must be accurately weighed. These options can only be derived once the initial problem is understood in the context wherein it has developed.
We thus seek ways to show the path ahead as clearly as possible, and to explain the relevance of the different decision-making factors to the extent that it's unclear how the impact could be of concern in the context.
A client must find value in what it is we do. If it's not the case, we are disappointed and sadly curious, or curiously sad. We want to know what it is that will make the difference, or not be involved at all.
In the long run, our planning should align with the operations and interests of our clients. We intend to augment what is established, and support what works.
Usually, entrepreneurs and decision-makers have adequate discretion to make good choices, but they do not always have all the relevant information neatly structured to crystallise what their exact choices are. For example, companies’ boards can only vote yes/no to a proposed resolution if it’s rationally motivated to be understood.
Our clients tend to be people with good hunches, generally speaking. We then help them to understand and pursue their hunches, or to withstand, with a sense of certainty and conviction.
We like to sketch the legal paths ahead, and advise on rational approaches to choose which path to go with, without intruding on clients’ choices.
The uncertainties that are experienced by aggrieved and risk averse decision-makers cause a demand for intermediaries to facilitate the translation of normal real world problems to the esoteric legal fraternity, from where capable professionals can practice their expertise.
Legal professionals in turn enjoy the clarity of their brief and the certainty that payment is negotiated in advance, thus encouraging promptness and diligence.
In what is described as the whirlwind of everyday life, incoming information must be organised as we discern what is to be done.
Argumentum LPM has developed a functional application of open source software that allows for agile information management in high volume, high pressure environments, like legal offices.
What differentiates our methods from most of the ones we’ve studied, is the flexibility that allows for DIY integrations into commonly used software platforms, that are developed to be easy to learn and efficiently applied.
We don’t swear by any specific software platform, although we endorse the practicality of some (Slack, Trello, Placker, Harvest, RealtimeBoard, Xero, GoogleSuite). These apps are universal enough to manage internal and external projects, not only scripted court processes.
We believe that emphasis should much rather be placed on the methodologies with which software is used, to ensure resources are informed and output focused.
Swopping software suites is easy once you know what you want to do with it. Because you will be an informed end-user, with a unique specification requirement. Being stuck with 1 monolith software system is the last thing you want when you are shopping around for alternatives - an exploration that’s best approached as software agnostic.
It starts with grasping what needs to be done, then figuring out what is the best way to do it (without spending too much time on the figuring out).