Law Soc announces ‘soft skills’ training initiative

The Law Society is planning a training programme designed to give lawyers access to ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, team building and client presentation in an initiative that law firms hope will help them with staff retention.

The project, which is in its initial stages, could see the Law Society producing bespoke training materials as well as running programmes designed to an industry standard specifically for lawyers.

Law Society president Fiona Woolf told The Lawyer: “One of the things that managing partners had been saying to me was that services that help firms retain staff would be very interesting to them.”

Currently many firms go to external providers such as management consultants to train solicitors in these areas, which many see as increasingly vital.

The training programmes would be particularly targeted at younger solicitors and the Law Society is also planning a careers advisory service aimed at assistants.

The initiatives are being discussed with the new First Stage Lawyers Section, which has been formed from the merged Trainee Solicitors Group and the Young Solicitors Group.