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Key issues for most firms are succession and recruitment and retention of key people, especially people who may be future partners and leaders.
Much of our work has traditionally been in this area, however we have also worked with a number of firms developing in-house management skills programmes. These are typically designed for senior associates and junior partners and are intended to introduce them to the key areas of law firm management, to open their eyes as to what may be possible, and to identify future stars.
They concentrate on three core areas that people at this level have often not previously encountered: finance; managing and motivating people; and developing and implementing strategy.
The typical programme format of a 12 month course would include:
This type of programme works very well in-house:
“We set up our management training programme because we wanted to ensure that our younger solicitors learned the skills that we think are required to manage a modern law firm, and to enable us to identify potential future partners not only based on their legal ability but also based on their ability to manage their own team and potentially the firm itself. The programme has been a massive success as the people who went through it are thoroughly engaged with the business, several have been promoted (including three to junior partner level) and the next generation of solicitors are very, very keen to be included on the programme when we run it again.”