Charlie Geffen, senior partner, Ashurst

Opinion: Partners need to have lives beyond law

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  • One might have thought, especially in the context of the recent 'Ashurst partners must record no fewer than 50 hours per week' edict, that "lives beyond law" might preferably have involved the family, friends and creative interests of the persons in question. Wouldn't that broaden their horizons more than additional time spent in committee meetings?
    Pro bono would be generous of the firm if billing requirements were reduced. In this instance it seems like a gesture that Mr Geffen is happy to insist that his partners 'volunteer' for, but solely at their expense.
    I guess this is the logical consequence of the culture whereby one can now only get a training contract upon having 'volunteered' to act as lawsoc/college ball treasurer or some other tedious role, solely in order to get a graduate position.

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