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Taking a consistent and firmwide approach to career conversations

By Sue Beavil, Learning & Organisational Development Manager, Slater & Gordon

28 April 2015

People are your organisation's most important assets. Any business aiming to grow will fail to do so if it does not have the right people doing the right work at the right time.

Greater emphasis needs to be placed on preparing law firms for upcoming changes to their talent pool. Not only are baby-boomers approaching retirement age, but also many firms' workforces have changed in nature over the past five to six years. An increasing number of mid-career lawyers are changing track and seeking new career pathways, developing portfolio careers earlier than they did in the past.

This potential talent drain needs to be managed carefully if your firm's business is to be sustainable and grow in this ever-competitive marketplace. Learning and development teams can play a crucial role
in supporting the firm to achieve this essential balance in talent management,
but how often are they directly and proactively involved as part of a clear

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