Nabarro to choose 15 associates for top

Nabarro has tied up with London Business School (LBS) to start providing training for its senior associates to prepare them for partnership.

The firm is to launch a so-called Talent Management Programme, a two-year scheme aimed at exceptional senior associates on the partnership track.

It is estimated that up to 15 lawyers per year will be selected to take part in strategic projects, practice development work and thought leadership, with a view to giving high-flyers a better idea of what being a partner involves.

The firm, which made up just three partners in both 2010 and 2009, hopes the scheme will create a wider pool of eligible candidates. All the training involved will be provided by LBS.

Nabarro HR director Celia Staples admitted that commissioning training externally was a “pretty expensive” option, but added that it would give the scheme “more cachet”.

“We’re trying to give ­associates much more than just [the opportunity to] keep their heads down and do their work,” said Staples. “We need to keep developing our talent. We spend a huge amount developing trainees and partners, and it’s time to start developing our associates.

”As the market starts to pick up we need to ensure that we’re retaining our best people.”