The Lawyer career clinic

Career clinic: My expertise is stalling my career – what can I do?

I am the best transactional lawyer in our in-house team, but unfortunately that means I’m the go-to person for big deals which dominates my time and limits my development in other areas.  It also prevents the team developing strength in depth, which only reinforces the issue. How do I persuade my manager that a non-transactional, […]

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Career clinic: How can I build a portfolio career?

I want a portfolio career but really love the firm I am with at the moment. How should I approach my boss to discuss doing others things while retaining involvement in my current role? Jamie Butler, director of learning and development, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton It really depends on what your ideal portfolio career […]

Career clinic: How do I deal with the diversity of management styles at my firm?

I love being a lawyer but I am struggling with managing the many different styles of management that my partners display. The partnership structure does not deliver consistency in style. For example, one of my partners micro-manages, rips all my writing to shreds and is generally moody and aggressive when busy. By complete contrast, another […]