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The dark side: Trends in antisocial behaviour in law firm partnerships

Ben Rigby and Alex Aldridge explore the prevalence of antisocial behaviour in partnerships

4 May 2012

Ben Rigby and Alex Aldridge explore the prevalence of antisocial behaviour in partnerships

All sorts of people become partners in law firms. Some are charming; others less so. Many radiate intelligence, although a surprising amount don’t. Many love the law, while others take their motivation from the cut and thrust of business. There are, however, a few traits that law firm partners usually share: drive and ambition, alongside which tends to come, when pressed, a willingness to put their needs above those of others.

In the law, as in any industry, the process of getting to the top has a dark side. Based on conversations with a range of consultants, organisational

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