Addleshaws vows: no more drudge work for associates

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  • Because no doubt they realise that, with their magic circle-like charge out rates, they are no longer able to turn a profit without outsourcing the work at a cheaper rate. I would bet they do not pass on that saving to the client. What would be the benefit of outsourcing otherwise? As for associate benefit - really? What benefit. A bit of due diligence - boring but are they really saying they are so overrun with work that they cannot cope without sending it out to a third party? Better to keep associates busy than out of a job. Smacks of disguising the obvious...outsourcing = greater profit for the partners = associate cuts

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  • @ London Associate

    "Man, proud man,
    Drest in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As make the angels weep"

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  • Basically fire all the associates and replace them with cheap paralegals.
    The only hope is that when tuition fees rise to £9,000 per annum, no student will be stupid enough to waste more money on the LPC to become a low paid paralegal.

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  • @ Rural bliss
    So Manchester Station stocks the Readers Digest's special poetry edition, eh?

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  • Seems sensible to me. Trainees and juniors are constantly griping that they don't want to do this work, but for someone else (and dare I say the same applies to Herbies and A&O in Belfast) it's perfectly good work and probably more interesting than the local drudgery or unemployment. And clients don't like paying for this stuff because it's not exactly value-added.
    So in long term trends it's just another step away from the billable hour and probably a slight trimming over time of trainee numbers but on the scale these guys are talking it doesn't look like many current jobs are at risk.
    Does anyone else find it irritating that every change and evolution in the legal industry gets shot down in flames? By people who look for the best value tv or car or whatever - i.e. industries who embraced the same types of evolution years ago. What on earth makes law firms exempt?

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  • I've read the comments and understand the degree of scepticism, however a big part of this initiative is ensuring that trainees get a better training contract. A massive amount of time is spent on producing bibles and due diligence tasks which don't really help with development.
    The work isn't being outsourced, just being undertaken by a new department in Manchester and by doing this work in the same place clearly there should be efficiencies that are beneficial to both AG and its clients.

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  • Only time will tell if this is spin to save associates jumping before they are requested to jump.
    Can AG do volume work in this form?
    Is partner contact really being replaced by associate contact ? Not some thing I would accept!
    Are we about to see a shrinking of the partnership or a reduction in the head count of associates.
    Whatever the Bills must drop and the quality of the Advice must go up.
    Not sure if this would have happended when Paul & Mark were at the Helm !
    Only time will tell

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  • to anonymous 8 Feb 2011 10.29am.....

    i take it you are an equity partner? it's pretty obvious given you praise this particular change (relating to juniors) and yet make no mention at all to the most archaic system of them all namely the fat cat equity system. Maybe if that was changed generation Y would see a true purpose and there would be a sustainable business model for employees and clients alike. don't get me wrong some partners do an absolutely excellent job and would do well under any system, but no firms at all dare tackle what really needs tackling namely those there through long service and the old boys/girls network.

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