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Making a well judged and timely resignation

By Jill King, Consultant and Former Global HR Director, Linklaters

22 April 2014

As the recent high-profile resignations of Maria Miller MP and Lord Myners in the UK show, there are complex factors at play in stepping down for the right reasons at the right time. From a legal point of view, there are often matters of contract to consider, but resigning is always much more than a transaction, and lawyers would do well to consider the wider issues when advising clients or considering their own career decisions.

The worst scenario of all is to hang on till the bitter end - well beyond the time when everyone else thinks it's time for you to move on. The fixed tenure of many executive roles for partners in law firms in this context has much to commend it. But, typically, one term is never enough, and many partners make the mistake of wanting to continue in a role for the status or power it gives, rather than considering what's best for the firm or the team, or having the courage to step away to do something different.

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