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Incoming CC managing partner vows to slim management ranks and review salaried partner lawyers

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  • Hope there is recognition at CC of the merits of including management professionals as well as practice group leaders on their management committee. When a client is discussing a single sourcing arrangement, consistently excellent service delivery by the front line is non-negotiable. Only a well-managed firm led by a team involving genuine management professionals is credible to make such a commitment. Both parties to the deal know that individual lawyers will just come and go.

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  • Carnegie's statement is an interesting one: “we need to be more collegiate, more focused on excellence and less tolerant of poor performance.” I was a senior associate at CC prior to moving in-house a few years ago and recall the time when a host of partners were kicked out as part of a "restructuring" exercise.

    In my view the partners started to be far less collegiate after this restructuring because many were genuinely concerned about more partners being axed and most wanted to ensure that their performance was better than the partner in the office next to them so that they were safe from the next chop.

    Whilst that may have created individual performance incentive I suppose it certainly didn't create more collegiality. I therefore wonder whether Carnegie's quote sounds like great election-speak but is, in the real world, contradictory.

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