Freshfields assigns associate to advise top brass

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  • I hope this isn't another example of law firms trying to become more like PLCs. A lot of American corporates have a similar structure at the top, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but law firms are so hierarchical that it might put a few noses out of joint.
    Also, what does this mean for the associate's partner prospects? Does it rule her out of making partner?

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  • Of course it doesnt rule her out of making partner! shes been identified as a natural leader. This is a leadership role. its about time law firms moved with the times and adopted a more corporate structure. The days of partnerships will end in the not too distant future

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  • This isn't radical - it is common sense. Partners do not acquire any unique strategic capabilities simply through attaining partnership status. The skills required to contribute strategic direction, just like any other aspect of management, are a combination of learned attributes and innate capabilities. Any well run business will continuously seek to optimise these capabilities from any source - or so it is to be hoped.

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