How to make partner

The smart way to get to the top, and when you get there, stay there


We help professionals in practice make partner. You know, accountants, lawyers, consultants normally from Big 4, Magic Circle, mid-tier and large international and national firms. People just like you who are technical experts and sell their time for money.

We’ll give you that vital edge you need to progress your career but take an informed choice about whether partnership is right for you.

YOUR CHALLENGES

I need to get through the partnership admissions process this time around

If you are going to get through your partnership admissions process at the first attempt (or this time around) you need to be prepared. Not only will you need great numbers, a well-written and succinct cast-iron business case but also a handful of advocates, sponsors and mentors championing your cause.

I need to build a partner-sized client portfolio and win my own clients

No clients of your own? No progression to partner. That’s the long and the short of it. Learn how to choose a niche, create a business development plan which works and the right mindset, processes and skills to win the bigger and better clients. You know. The ones which will get your career noticed in your firm.

I need to build a strong team beneath me to support my career

If you can’t make yourself indispensable you can’t get promoted to the next level. That means you need to learn how to lead and manage a team, to free you up to do the higher value stuff.

I need to be more productive at work if I am going to get promoted

You can’t afford to squander time when you work in practice. To hit your billable targets  means you need to be able to show up every day as the best version of yourself.

OUR PROGRAMMES

YOU WANT TO MAKE PARTNER. YOU’RE READY TO MAKE PARTNER.

AND YOU’RE ABOUT TO DO IT FASTER (AND WITH LESS EFFORT) THAN EVERYONE ELSE OUT THERE.

With your raw talent, unbelievable smarts, and unflagging determination, the only thing keeping you from making partner within the next three years (if not sooner) is access to the right strategy and step-by-step guidance to crush it with confidence.

And our How to Make Partner program is your roadmap to:

  • Bypass the hurdles that hold others back,
  • Build on your existing talents in the right way,
  • Get the attention of your partners, and
  • Gain the essential skills you need to make (and succeed as) partner.

Even if you’re convinced that…

… it’s too late for you…

… it’s too early to start preparing…

… you don’t have the time to commit to a program.

How to Make Partner is your chance to grab hold of your dream on your terms, according to your timeline, and you can start right now.

Even if you’re confident that you already have everything you need, and that you’ll manage fine on your own…

… wouldn’t it be great to gain the assurance that you’re on the right track? You know, just to make sure all of your bases are covered.

With How to Make Partner, you’ll learn:

  • How to build and fearlessly pitch such a compelling Business Case and Personal Case that your firm has to admit you the partnership,
  • Exactly what you need to say, demonstrate, and prove to your partners to earn you the right to join their exclusive club
  • All of the steps to put you back in control of your career.

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OUR FREE RESOURCES

In ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘ and ‘Poised for partnership‘ we promised you more 40+ resources to take your learning from the page into the real world.

We keep our promises. sign up now for your free career kitbag, where all the advice, templates, checklists, and tools are waiting for you. It’s completely free, and always will be.

We hate spam as much as you do, and we promise we’ll never use your email address for anything other than sending you helpful advice and insights to take your career to the next level.

Do you realise how much information we are giving away? The kitbag is packed with information to help you create a fulfilling career. Here is just a taster of what’s inside:

OUR BLOG

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How the clued up accountants and lawyers use valuable content to attract clients

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OUR TEAM OF COACHES

Heather Townsend

Expertise in:

  • Accountancy, Legal and Consultancy
  • Business and personal case
  • Business development
  • Big 4 and mid-tier firms

Michele White

Expertise in:

  • Big 4 Firms
  • Personal Case
  • Preparation for Assessment/Development Centres and Partnership Panel Interviews
  • Confidence, motivation and mindset shifts

John Moss

Expertise in:

  • Accountancy, Legal and Consultancy
  • Business and personal case
  • Business development
  • Big 4 and mid-tier firms

Rebecca Ford Johnson

Expertise in:

  • Legal
  • Business and personal case
  • Magic Circle and Mid-Tier Law Firms
  • Women in Leadership

Before I started working with Heather I was well-respected and seen as a ‘safe pair of hands’ but struggling to build my practice.  Heather’s input and guidance was instrumental in helping me grow my profile both internally and externally, and maximise the opportunities to sell myself in my business case for partner.  As a result of working with Heather I made partner 18 months later and have almost doubled my client portfolio.

Matthew Gore

Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

I have had a huge amount of fun working with Heather for the last 12 months and she has helped me establish myself as the firm’s expert on independent retailers and FMCG. I’ve really enjoyed our time together as I have come away from each session energised. As a result of working with Heather I now have the luxury of picking the clients I want. No more relying on following up leads from the telemarketer for me. So many positive things have come out of our relationship, not least a 5x return on my investment, targeted introductions from her black book and 6 pieces of PR in the right trade press. Heather gives me energy, focus and accountability as well as a rich vein of ideas about content I can write to help me attract in the right sort of clients. I highly recommend Heather’s services to any accountant or lawyer who wants to stand out and be able to attract the right clients to them.

Phil Mullis

Partner, Wilkins Kennedy LLP

Michele coached me through the period of my career when I moved from senior manager to director, and subsequently through to partner. She brought her experience to bear with insightful observations, and astute suggestions, and her help and advice were invaluable. I have no hesitation in recommending her to other accountants with partnership aspirations.

Jenny Reed

Technical and Training Partner, Wilkins Kennedy LLP

John recently coached me on my successful run to Partnership. I can honestly say I have never worked with anyone who has Johns skills and background and applies them so effectively.

John was everything and more I wanted from a coach. He was always approached and available, and responsive given time zone differences.

He was supportive yet challenging and always thought provoking and had the ability to make me focus on what I needed to do/achieve.

I would have no hesitation in recommending John to anyone.

Henry Lacey

Partner, EY (Hong Kong)

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