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Challenge the training status quo

Are we caught in a loop of fixed thinking when it comes to how we train and develop the lawyers of tomorrow, asks Louise Hadland

21 June 2016

The standard suite of business skills for lawyers - how to use IT packages appropriately for the task in hand, how to network, and, if you are lucky, how to deal with difficult conversations - does have its place and is valuable, particularly for graduates cutting their teeth. Indeed, over recent years positive inroads to effective development have been made by thoughtful and insightful learning and development initiatives.

However, this approach to business skills training won't stand firms in good stead for the future. This is partly because we expect that legal services will be delivered differently in the future.

Clients are driving lower prices and firms are having to work out how to operate more efficiently while maintaining high standards of client service, so necessity will be the mother of invention when it comes to training.

But looking at becoming...

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