Sandhurst course shows BLP trainees the ups and downs of a life in law

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  • What a load of tosh.

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  • Heh @ BLP partners doing this

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  • It's easy to dismiss things like this as nonsensical but if you don't like it then just don't train with that firm. If they think it works then good for them.

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  • @IhateBPP is right. Because of political correctness recruitment partners cant' take trainees down the pub any more, so firms have to spunk money on expensive bonding trips.

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  • This is paid for by what can be termed "discretionary expenditure", and it is brave to be open about this, especially in such diificult economic times. It is easy to dismiss, but this says something about BLP and their willingness to develop future leaders. A group of bright aspiring lawyers are more likely to stay with the firm if they feel they are being developed and invested-in. They will feel more loyalty to the firm and to each other, and they will probably have some experiences which they will talk and laugh about until the end of their careers. If this means that the next generation of leaders is available to BLP to guide the firm through the challenges in 10 and 20 years time, that is a good thing. This is only a tiny fraction of the leadership development agenda, but if it means that BLP are taking the subject seriously, then I applaud them. Most firms spend far too little on this important issue, not too much.

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  • Do KermaPartners work with BLP by any chance?

    I trained and worked at BLP and the firm is more interested in sweating you for a number of years than making leaders of you! That is not a criticism of them, just the city law firm culture. A lot of lip service is paid to leadership at the firm but the return on investment can be measured in the number of lateral hires made over the years in comparison to the number of trainees that stay and actually make it to partnership!

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