Can Progress to Partner membership help me create, write and pitch my Business Case for Partnership? Prepare for my Partnership Panel Interview? And help me fly through my firm’s Partnership Admissions Process?

Taking the final step up to Partner in your firm is tough. You’ve got a very busy day job AND you suddenly need to find the time to grow a Partner-Sized Client Portfolio. Then if your life wasn’t hard enough, you are likely – if you are from a firm like EY, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, BDO or GT – to have to go through rounds of gruelling Partnership Panel Interviews.

Even worse, there will only be a limited number of professionals who make it through to partner this time around. What are you going to do to make sure you are one of the ones who gets picked?

After all, you really don’t want to wait for another year to make partner if you don’t make it through the Partner Track process this time.

This means taking control of your time, building your Partner Business Case step by step, lobbying influential partners to advocate for you and your Partner Business Case, creating a strong team beneath you and ruthlessly delegating. You can no longer afford to say yes to every single client or partner request. Neither can you expect to use the next quiet period to focus on your Business Case for Partnership. After all, when did you last have quiet time OR the energy in the quiet time to progress your Partner Business Case?

If you’re relying on your firm to put you on a training course you could be in for a shock.  You will be hard-pressed to find a firm who will train you on the skills to grow and scale practice, think commercially like a business owner rather than like a lawyer, accountant or consultant, take control of your time, ensure you do a bit of Business Development each day… oh and be able to present your Business Case to a panel of partners.
Stop thinking you will make partner by being a brilliant director or senior associate.  It doesn’t work like that!
Stop kidding yourself that you will work on your Partner Business Case when work quietens down.

Don’t wait (fingers crossed) to be noticed.
Make the partners sit up and notice you!

Look at those people who you see who are progressing faster than you.  The ones who are not as technically strong as you? Their secret? They took action and they took control of their own development and their own career progression.

Are you ready to do the same?   Read on to find out how a Progress to Partner membership can give you the knowledge and the confidence and the time to get stuck in to getting referrals, successful networking and winning work for yourself and for your firm.

Tax Partner – UK

I want to thank you very much for your online resources and books (I’ve read the whole suite and have regularly recommended them to other colleagues too) I felt it was your material, rather than the coaching provided by my Big 4 firm, that best prepared me for this career step. I will continue to refer to your excellent resources as I navigate the first 100 days as a new partner.

What’s in Progress To Partner that will help you on Partner Track?

On-demand courses

“BUT Progress to Partner has more to offer than courses! Membership of Progress to Partner doesn’t just give you professionally designed on-demand courses.”

There are also recordings of past online masterclasses for you to listen to and learn from when you need them. 

How to successfully pitch your Business Case at your Partnership Panel Interview
How to ace your partnership panel interview
How to develop work from existing clients
How to structure your business development activity
How to build a team of introducers that regularly send you work.
How to generate a lead and get prospects over the line
Increase your bid/tender rate
How to get noticed and grow your profile in an authentic way
How to build a team of introduces that regularly send you work 
How to go from coffees to instructions
How to become a rainmaker when you’re known as a great technician
How to be seen by your partners as sharp, commercial and future partner material
How to make the time for business development

Tax Director – UK

I would have been a career senior manager if I hadn’t signed up to Progress to Partner it seems so obvious now scary how little even the most senior managers in the firm understand how to make partner

Worried about where to start?

One of the things your partners will be looking for from the people they want to invest in to make partner, is whether they are prepared to drive their own career. It really is that simple.

Wanting to make partner isn’t enough. Your partners are not looking for dreamers. They want action-takers to join their ranks.
Progress to Partner makes it easy for you to take small steps every day/week and month so that you can make progress in your career.

There are Game Plans you can work through (guides, recordings, course sections from all over the membership site) including:

Game Plan if you’re 0-12 months from making partner
Game Plan if you are 1-3 years from making partner
Game Plan if you need to raise your profile
Game Plan if “I’m a good technician but don’t have a client portfolio”

Tax Director – UK

I really do wish I had signed up with you earlier, but I am delighted that I made the decision to join Progress To Partner …! The Managing Partner said I am a hot topic at partner meetings as they have noticed a huge change in my focus and are receiving excellent feedback from their own contacts.”

You’ll also be able to listen to our Quick Wins – short videos that get straight to the point when you don’t even have time to listen to a recorded masterclass

How to say no to urgent requests (without worrying)
How to tell your Partner you want to go for Partnership
How to have a difficult conversation with your partner
How to gracefully say no to partner
What can I do if I seem to be irreplaceable and my career progression has halted.
How to get the referral, not the partner?
How to overcome imposter syndrome.

PLUS there are our downloadable guides and workbooks available for you to read and digest. These resources have been designed to help you think in the right way

Blogging made easy
Guide to creating a marketing plan
Guide to content planning 
guide to creating a networking plan
Guide to creating your LinkedIn profile
The reluctant business developers guide to winning clients
Choosing your niche worksheet
LinkedIn :10 point profile checklist

New Partner

Heather and the Team… shone a light on progression and, once the penny dropped, it was clear what I had to do – stop thinking about my own workload and winning work for me and start thinking about “our” firm and winning work for our team.

Progress To Partner Membership

Access your Premium membership for just £290 for 12 months here


How can we help you?

If you would like to explore how our courses and corporate membership program, Progress to Partner, can support the professional growth and development of your team, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

Why Choose Us As Your Career Partner

Develop at Your Own Pace

Whether you are still preparing, actively working towards partnership or are getting ready for the presentation, we offer a level of service.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Partnership requires a variety of personal and technical skills. Play to your strengths and cover your weaknesses, track progress with our assessments.

Coach Led Programs

Our team is vastly experienced and can often unlock progress to partner with a switch of mindset. The insights and aha moments are what we look for.

Entry Level Program

Preparing early for Partner is by far the easiest way to get there in the end. In small and subtle ways at first, your skills and reputation inside the business emerges. Give yourself time.

Premium Monthly

This is often for the sprint, cramming and final preparation. If you only need to work on a specific area for a short period then this is the level of membership that lets you do that.

Premium Annual

If you have decided on the path to partnership and are actively taking steps, this program gets you access to everything, and us. Work through the areas of your assessment with us to guide you.

Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend is the leading global expert in what it takes to move from senior fee earner to partner – and when you get there, stay there. She regularly runs programmes to help fee earners take the step up to partner, and establish themselves as a new partner, for mid-tier law, accountancy and consultancy firms. It just so happens that she is rather good (and not really that modest either!) in helping individuals successfully market and sell themselves. Just the skills you need when you are aiming to grow your client portfolio AND make it to partner.

In fact, her clients have added over £1 million in fees to their client portfolio in the last year. Heather often works with private clients who want to drive their own career (regardless of the development options offered by their firm) via her Progress To Partner membership site. The membership site helps lawyers, accountants and consultants to:

  • Find the time to work ON their career development and business development
  • Grow their client portfolio
  • Develop a strong personal case so that they are seen as the next partner
  • Get onto partner track rather than been seen as only a “safe pair of hands”
  • Build, write and pitch their business case
  • Prepare for the partnership panel interviews

She is the author of 6 books including ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘ (co-authored with Jo Larbie), ‘Poised for partnership‘, ‘The Financial Times guide to business networking‘ and ‘The Go-To Expert‘. Her books have sold over 20,000 copies globally and been translated into over 6 different languages and attracted over 200 five star reviews on Amazon.Her coaching style has been described as challenging, friendly but very supportive.