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Allen & Overy (A&O) is piloting a career development scheme aimed at teaching associates how to communicate ‘powerfully’ with clients and colleagues.
The programme, aimed at senior associates, will specifically target women.
A&O associate director of HR Sasha Hardman said: “It’s really important for our success as a business that we look at ways to retain and develop talented women. This means looking at some of the softer skills - not just for women but for all associates - that will help prepare them for leadership roles.”
The firm is running a series of workshops on skills such as building client relationships and, said Hardman, “having a strong presence and being able to communicate powerfully”.
She added: ”[These areas] are all really important as people move towards senior positions within the firm and are areas we want to focus on.”
Forty per cent of the 20 lawyers who became partners at A&O this year were women. In the previous year 18 per cent of new partners were women.