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Why your firm needs a partners’ code

By Nick Jarrett-Kerr, Visiting Professor, Nottingham Law School

22 October 2013

Although there is almost always a written contract between the firm and its partners in terms of a partnership, members' or shareholders' agreement, this rarely touches upon the psychological agreement between the firm and its partners. Often unwritten and unspoken, the psychological agreement focuses on what the firm can do for its partners and, equally, what the partners can do for the firm. It is the latter part which is often neglected.

Partners generally have great expectations of what the firm ought to be doing for them in terms of status and respect, working conditions, recognition and well being, as well as remuneration. All too often, this is not balanced by buy-in on the part of individual partners to the firm's reasonable expectations for hard work, innovation, willingness to learn and keep up to date, tolerance, flexibility and commitment to values.

In addition, while most firms have a written set of values that they espouse, these ...

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