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Why some firms stand out

Why some firms stand out

By Thomas Hobbs

Health Wellbeing Workplace 

Flexible workplace practices are a key ingredient in more popular firms. As a recruiter focused largely on the private practice market, I often come across lawyers excited when I mention a select few firms and the opportunity to join them. At a basic level, lawyers are often enticed to move on the basis of a stronger salary and also to join a larger firm in the market – such as a move from a local boutique to a national firm. However, in my view and at a deeper level, these most popular firms stand out for at least four other reasons. Quality work and clients Lawyers are always attracted to firms undertaking the most challenging, high calibre and interesting work available in their practice area. In many instances, they are aware of the major clients of these firms. The opportunity to work with these clients and on such high calibre matters is a key factor in wanting to move to such firms. Excellent leadership No less important, these popular firms are known for their excellent leadership and facilitating career development and internal progression. While I am of the view that mentoring is best received from an independent source outside one's employment, these firms certainly support the progression of their lawyers and take an active approach in developing both their technical and "soft skills". While lateral hires are inevitable at times, internal promotion in these firms is common and everyone has a shared sense that their contribution is valued.

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