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Project Management: Managing Project Budgets

Available anytime | 1.5 hours | Self-paced learning | $35

Course Overview

Clients expect their legal partners to be able to offer all the services they need as cost effectively and efficiently as possible. Keeping a clear record of the costs of specific projects and ensuring that your practice sticks closely to original costing estimates is critical in building long-lasting client relationships, as well as in running your firm efficiently.

When it comes to project financing and monitoring the finances of legal projects, there are often few concrete solutions or black-and-white answers, but simply “guessing” what the potential costs are is a recipe for disaster. Doing so could be extremely costly to your firm and, more importantly, harm your relationships with clients.

Through a series of real-world, African case studies, this course will help you to develop the foundational knowledge and skill-set in order to better budget for legal projects in your firm and practice by:

  • Understanding the foundations of a working budget;
  • Evaluating some potentially problematic assumptions common in project planning and how to avoid or overcome them;
  • Creating well considered, accurate budget plans for each legal project; and
  • Analysing some of the root causes of variation between project budgets and the true project costs, as well as how to address them in practice.

You will also be provided with a number of downloadable tools, templates and guidelines that you can use in practice to plan your budgets and monitor them.

Is this course for you?

The course is designed for lawyers and legal professionals at any level – the tools, templates, methodologies and case studies are broadly applicable to all lawyers.

Budget planning is a skill that is critical for lawyers of any experience level. Junior lawyers will gain a valuable skill that will assist them in growing their own practice and thereby add benefit to their firms; more experienced lawyers can apply the learning to question their approach to developing project budgets as well as gain insight on how to better manage their project budgets.

Your course instructor


Iain Sim is a qualified solicitor, based in Glasgow. Since 2003 he has taught, coordinated and examined a range of business and commercial subjects at both the University of Strathclyde's School of Law and Strathclyde Business School. He has delivered at MSC, MBA and exec level not only in the UK, but also in the Middle East and Far East. He is the co-author of the textbook Commercial Awareness for Lawyers and has also written many articles for various legal journals.

Away from law, Iain is the Chairman of Friends of TS Queen Mary, a registered charity that owns and is restoring TS Queen Mary. Under his leadership, the charity has structured some £3.85m of cash and in-kind support into the project and was awarded the Great Scot Charity Award in 2016.

This course has been developed by the City of Glasgow College in collaboration with the Africa Legal Learn team.


At the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter, and spanning the River Clyde, City of Glasgow College is the largest and most diverse tertiary education establishment in Scotland. We are proud of our historic industry links and valued reputation for developing professional skills for modern industry across many specialisms, with over 100 international partners across 28 countries.

The College is committed to the education and industry of the future, ready to adapt to the changing needs of this and future generations. In supporting this vision we strongly believe that high quality, affordable and relevant online education and training opportunities are critical in opening educational opportunities to our global students across Africa.

To meet this ambition, City offers a wide range of educational, technical and training opportunities at levels ranging from foundation courses through to Higher National Diplomas and degree programmes, in association with our Higher Education partners.

This course is eligible for 3 CPD points from the United Kingdom CPD Standards Office, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or associated with, professional bodies.

This course includes:

  • 90 mins worth of learning with resources for additional study;
  • Discussion forums – meet colleagues from around the world;
  • Apply your learning through real-world case studies and scenarios;
  • Option to save data – switch off the video and download or read the transcript;
  • Points towards continuous professional development;
  • Completion certificate and CDP accreditation certificate; and
  • Ability to access this self-paced course wherever and whenever it suits you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at lawyers who are tasked with managing project budgets, and who want to enhance their efficiencies within their firm and practice.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

The course should take you about 90 minutes, not including optional activities, discussions and extra reading materials. Once you are enrolled in the course you can work through the content at your own pace. Feel free to access any part of the content at any time.

How do I access the course?

You need to purchase a seat on the course. To do this please sign in to Africa Legal. If you don’t yet have an account with Africa Legal follow the steps to sign up and then press the enrol button.

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