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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has launched an internal review of partnership options as part of an examination of its career development programme.
The review, which is still in its early stages, will cover both paths to partnership and alternatives to partnership.
A handful of BLP partners, including equity partners, currently work part time. However, BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg told The Lawyer: “It’s not really about the part-time debate – we had that ages ago. It’s more about looking at the career path from the perspective of a junior lawyer. Should there only be one objective [of partnership]?”
In order to get the broadest set of views from within the firm, BLP has set up a taskforce comprising partners, assistants and HR professionals to brainstorm the issues.
Eisenberg said: “There’s not a fixed timeframe. It’s hard to predict whether it will produce dramatic changes or not, but we’re finding it a healthy process to air different views, especially because it’s not confined to senior management.”