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Why size matters in law firms

Smaller firms offer hidden benefits for lawyers, argues Tom Evans

21 April 2015

The move from a legal giant (a dozen UK offices, 2,500 people)
to a much smaller practice (two offices, 35 people) might seem like a retrograde step.

However, the many hidden and not-so-hidden benefits of working in a niche firm make such practices the ideal environment for ambitious lawyers to grow and develop.

Labyrinthine world

As I found when I made such a move, both career satisfaction and learning accelerated in a way which would have been difficult to envisage, to say the least, in the labyrinthine and highly structured world of most big legal practices.

Moving to a smaller firm felt like a kind of liberation, with more responsibility, more self-determination, more autonomy, and more opportunity to make my mark.

Critically, it meant I could start to develop my business skills, rather than just my legal skills, an...

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