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How do I become a partner in a magic circle law firm – part 1

So you want to make partner in a magic circle (or even perhaps a silver circle) law firm? In this 2-part blog post, I’ll talk you through to how to make partner in a magic circle law firm (i.e. A&O, Slaughter and May, Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Linklaters). Making partner at a magic circle law firm …

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5 things you need to prove if you want to move from director to partner in a Big 4 firm

I have been privileged to help several senior managers in a Big 4 make it to Director and then help them along their way to Partner. In this article, ‘Partner versus Director,’ I share what I have learnt along the way, in particular, what is the difference between a Big 4 partner versus director. Big 4 …

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When to say No (or yes) to extra responsibilities at work

Many Big 4 firms and law firms expect their senior managers, directors, senior associates and legal directors to take on extra responsibilities at work. These are normally non-chargeable responsibilities which will take you away from the day job. The reality is that it is not optional to take on these responsibilities. However, these extra responsibilities …

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Career Clinic: I’ve just been promoted to senior manager, is it to soon to be thinking about partnership?

This was the question that was posed to me last week, from a newly promoted senior manager in a big 4 firm. Good question! Here was my response to the question… Depending on your firm, your next step may actually be to partner. Some firms use the director role as a career full-stop, whereas some …

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Why you need to be a BRAND to progress your career in the professions

This week I spent a day working with 3 senior lawyers helping them start a partner-sized practice. For each of the three, I helped them define and articulate their brand. It only occurred to me as I reflected on my conversations that wherever you are in your career you need to have built a brand …

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Why we need to go towards fear if we are to progress our career

I recently read a great article by Leo Babauta: Develop resiliency: How to move towards your fears and suddenly a lot became clear about why so many highly talented people in Big 4 firms and other large professional service firms become a brake on their own career development. What was the premise of the article? In …

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Why so many professionals feel they need to go for partner even though they know its not for them

I’ve had a couple of conversations recently with people about their future career plans which are the basis for this blog post. This blog post explores why it is so hard to not want to go for partner even when you know it’s not the right thing for you. The problem You’ve been in professional …

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7 things which will slowly but steadily kill your career in professional services

An old post of Dr. Travis Bradberry popped up on my timeline recently. It was entitled 9 things which will kill your career. It is definitely worth a read in my opinion. It made me think about what will slowly but surely kill your career in professional services. How much of these will match up …

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