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How the L&D team should support and develop new partners

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

5 April 2013

When a person walks through the doors of her firm on the first day of being a partner, a whole new world has opened up for her. She has access to management data probably never shared before, she is expected to have definitive answers to problems which she may not even have been consulted on during the previous week and she is expected to hit the ground running in a highly competitive environment.

We tend to talk about the ‘career ladder’ but, in reality, we are constantly moving from the top rung of one ladder onto the bottom rung of another one, according to the career milestones involved. New partners have stepped off the top of the associate or assistant career ladder onto the bottom of the partnership ladder, representing a change of role with different responsibilities and expectations.

As a result, the new partner needs to recognise that she is about to experience change, be well prepared to manage that transition and also feel supported...

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