Claire Rason has supported many associates on their journey to partnership. She understands the importance of business development, having coached many associates to make the step up. As a passionate advocate for gender equality, she has also researched why, for many females, the journey stops at senior associate and what can be done about it.
Claire was delighted to be asked to author a chapter for Global Law and Business book, Preparing for Partnership: A Guide to Achieving Partnership in a Law Firm. Here we give you a sneak peek at what you can expect to find out in the book.
The executive summary
Becoming a partner in a law firm is a significant milestone in a lawyer's career, and requires a combination of strong legal skills, business acumen, leadership abilities and a commitment to the firm's success.
The expectations of law firm partners are changing.
Firms are increasingly looking for lawyers who can bring in new business, develop client relationships, and work collaboratively with others in the firm.
Lawyers who have primarily focused on legal work in the past may need to develop new skills and competencies to meet these changing expectations.
This book outlines the critical factors for success, from building a strong track record to developing a loyal client base, demonstrating leadership skills and meeting the firm's criteria.
Contributors to the book discuss how to network and build relationships within the firm, review the financial aspects of partnership, and how to seek feedback and mentorship from other partners.