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Does your firm have the skills in place to meet its future needs?

By Sue Beavil, Senior Training & Development Manager, Mayer Brown

13 August 2013

The landscape of the legal marketplace is changing. This is prompting law firms to consider their competitive advantage, their unique selling points and main business focus. As a result, the core skill sets of lawyers are increasingly coming under review. What type of professionals do commercial law firms need today and what type of roles will they be recruiting for in future?

Speculation around this subject is abundant. I've heard of an increasing need for core business skills, commercial awareness and business acumen. I've also heard a call for improved project management skills, alongside greater business analysis skills and enhanced management and leadership capabilities.

Identifying the skills and experience that the firm needs and then matching people to the roles is a tried-and-tested route of ensuring the firm's capability fits its overall business strategy. The firm's senior managers will be asking themselves "do we have the r...

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