Firms warned against ditching associate lockstep

  • Print
  • Comments (21)

Readers' comments (21)

  • [Proofread version!]

    The lockstep question seems to me to be closely related to recruitment policy. If clients knew how easy it is to get into certain firms, would they even begin to accept the continuation of the pay that ticks up for each year of qualification?

    I worked at a Silver Circle firm and was astonished both at the standard of lawyering and, not unconnectedly, the intellectual abilities of the average associate, and not because they exceeded expectations.

    Even during the boom years I think that by hiring smarter people they firm could have done all the work to a higher standard with a workforce 25-50% smaller. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the partners did not reward me for making this observation. I therefore left for a better firm and have been pleased to find that a career in law can be what I had hoped it would be and not a thankless process of kow-towing to seniors for whom pride in the work product seemed far secondary to getting the cash in.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 per page | 20 per page | 50 per page

Have your say

Mandatory Required Fields


Comments that are in breach or potential breach of our terms and conditions in particular clause 8, may not be published or, if published, may subsequently be taken down. In addition we may remove any comment where a complaint is made in respect of it. These actions are at our sole discretion.

  • Print
  • Comments (21)