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An employer’s right to pry and the war on talent

The temptation to leave behind chargeable hours and a snooping boss for the pleasures of an in-house role is ever more present, writes Kevin Poulter

22 January 2016

Talent retention will be top of the agenda for many firms this year. The recession of the late noughties is continuing to impact on the make-up of private practice firms, leaving a talent gap at associate and senior associate level, especially in commercial sectors.

The rising demand for experienced, mid-level lawyers means that employers may need to dig a little deeper into their profits to guarantee the loyalty of their home-grown solicitors in a market where top talent is an increasingly valuable commodity.

Of course, it isn't all about cold hard cash. Nurturing a solicitor from trainee to partner requires more than regular salary rises - although they are not to be sniffed at after a few years of stalling. A comprehensive benefits package, flexible working opportunities, glitzy office space, and a clear path to partnership are at the forefront of the minds of young professionals. Each o...

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