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Cementing and establishing new law firm traditions in 2015

By Jill King, Former Global HR Director, Linklaters

5 January 2015

Christmas time, like many dates in religious calendars, is a period full of shared traditions. It's a time when families get together and traditional activities - from hanging stockings to watching the Queen's speech - are handed down from one generation to the next. Traditions, or ways that a family or group of friends do things together, are important to us. They give us a sense of continuity and they distinguish us as a community of people.

With their strong sense of tradition, law firms are just like big families. They share a history that goes back to their founding partners, along with an instinctive belief in passing their values and traditions from one generation of partners to the next.

A law firm's traditions are part of the culture that binds its people together, which in turn creates pride in the firm and represents an expression of the firm's values. It's an organisational feature that distinguishes a partnership from a cor...

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