Lawyer Versatility is Key in a Global World

International lawyers recognize the importance of versatility. Their practices often cross boundaries into multiple disciplines.  In this global economy, young associates, as well as seasoned partners, need to develop broad skills across traditional practice lines. 

In his recent article titled We Listened to Associates; Now Partners Have to do Their Bit for British, David Morley, Worldwide Managing Partner of Allen & Overy wrote, “…we need to develop versatile lawyers capable of working in more than one discipline. So when a partner has career discussions with an associate who wants to experience other practice areas, we must encourage that where we can.”

Mr. Morley recognizes that to retain top talent and prepare this talent for long-term legal careers amid globalization, versatility is key.  His law firm will also try to give associates more helpful feedback and will award individual associate bonuses based on each associate’s contribution to the firm.  According to Mr. Morley, “…we now have greater flexibility to work as a global business in local markets.” 

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