BLP rolls out people management scheme

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills.

The move stems from BLP’s career development framework for associates and will see the partners put through five two-hour sessions over the next six months.

BLP head of training and development Patrick McCann is heading the programme, dubbed ‘The Lawyers Leading People Programme’.

“This programme will be run within the partners’ teams; for instance, all the hotel and leisure partners will be in the session together and will discuss issues specific to their teams, individuals and personalities,” said McCann. “We feel that’s a better way of doing things rather than sending them off to an external programme.

“It’s a big investment from the firm, both in money and in time, but by running it this way we get the partners to take on responsibility together.”

McCann said frank feedback from the firm’s associates would be delivered to the partners and that part of the training would include a review of objectives at each session.

BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said the firm had made a “significant” financial investment in training over the past year and that it would continue to do so.