Tim Cole, partner, QV Career Counsel

Opinion: New Year career resolutions

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  • As a headhunter who specialises in professional services recruitment, the point about post partnership life is well made. While experienced partners bring a great deal to companies as all round business advisors, many Chief Executives/Chairmen often find it difficult to see what else a lawyer (and indeed an accountant) will bring to the party. Experience of non executive roles gained while a partner, especially in the not for profit sector, are a good way to show a more rounded individual who will have something to sell to boards in the future.

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  • Pelham Reid is a headhunter focused exclusively on lawyers working outside law firms. Those with legal backgrounds and training unquestionably have a lot of the requisite skills needed to be a good non-executive director. Not many however have the requisite experiences. It's vital, if any lawyer aspires to make the transition to the boardroom, that he or she concentrates on broadening their experiences accordingly.

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