Clifford Chance partners urged to share contacts for good of corporate

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  • Sensible idea by all means, but not exactly groundbreaking. Haven't most firms been working to improve levels of cross-referrals between departments?
    Not really sure why it takes a partnership conference to state the obvious, unless CC have been historically poor at this, in which case there's a lot of work they may have missed out on!

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  • Not quite sure how this is news, other than highlighting how backward the legal sector can appear to be. Some of the quotes are pretty embarrassing coming from a business that size.

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  • Not to mention senior associates who won't delegate to juniors, juniors who won't delegate to those lower down the pecking order.
    Keep all the billable work for yourself was the CC motto when I worked there, despite all the spin about the value of team players.

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  • Surely CC haven't had a partnership conference dedicated to such childishly basic stuff as this? All of this should be obvious to a 14 year old of average intelligence. If they have, the mind boggles. What will be the topic of their next partnership conference? Whether the Pope is catholic? What bears do in the woods?

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  • There are a lot of blindingly obvious initiaitives that lawyers don't do in practice and some of the biggest culprits are the more mature partners and the largest firms who can ignore and resist the need to change. So no harm in going back to basics and re-stating the obvious now and then. In fact, there should be a lot more of it.

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  • As a city lawyer who moved to the North East, let me tell you that the North East firms are much more protectionist about their clients. Cross referrals have yet to take off here.

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  • That this needs to be done just goes to show once again how staggeringly badly managed law firms are compared to businesses in other sectors.

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  • Could this firm sound anymore childish?

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