Attracting and Retaining Talent in a Post-Recession Legal Profession

Implement cutting edge talent management practices to secure the best lawyers for your firm

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If your top fee earner handed their notice in tomorrow how would it affect the revenues of your firm?

Could you have done anything to prevent it?
How will your Managing Partner react?

If you feel that there is nothing that you can do to improve your talent retention practices then do not read any further.

However, if you do feel that there are still areas that can be improved on then Managing Partner's report on Attracting and Retaining Talent in a Post-Recession Legal Profession can provide you with critical guidance in this area.

This report provides an in-depth look into winning talent management strategies in the current legal market and how they can be implemented within your own firm to secure competitive advantage and long term profitability.

Learn from some of the UK’s most respected law firm leaders: 

  • Neville Eisenberg, Managing Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner reveals the firms innovative approach to leadership and talent management; 
  • Kevin Hogarth, Global HR Director at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer discusses the challenges of attracting and retaining talent in a global law firm; 
  • Ian Jeffery, Managing Partner at Lewis Silkin explains the firms response to economic uncertainty and how a flexible approach has led to greater internal engagement and commitment; 
  • Caroline Rawes, UK HR Director at Linklaters describes the firm’s strategy for retaining and engaging talented lawyers post-recession; and, 
  • Charlie Keeling, HR Director at Field Fisher Waterhouse, explains how the need for new resourcing models in the legal profession will change the dynamics of talent management.

You will also find case studies, examples and insights from Simmons & Simmons, Norton Rose, TLT Solicitors and more, along with expert commentary from leading legal talent management consultants on a range of critical topics including:

  • Turning the recession into a talent-management opportunity; Attracting and retaining the best talent for your firm; 
  • Developing and training lawyers for the future legal market; 
  • Effectively managing talent in the changing legal landscape; 
  • Engaging and motivating the modern lawyer and the rise of flexible working; 
  • Changing client expectations and their impact on talent management in law firms; and more...

Attracting and Retaining Talent in a Post-Recession Legal Profession provides the necessary tools to implement cutting edge talent management practices and the strategies to secure the best lawyers for your firm.


Chapter 1: Attracting and retaining lawyers within a changing legal landscape

Chapter 2: Engaging the modern lawyer and the rise of flexible working

Chapter 3: Talent management strategies

Chapter 4: The leadership and communication challenge

Chapter 5: The road ahead

Expert analysis 1: Energise – The shifting sands of law firm talent management

Expert analysis 2: First Counsel – Insights from a legal recruiter

Case study 1: Field Fisher Waterhouse – Translating business goals into people strategies

Case study 2: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – The challenges of attracting and retaining talent in a global law firm

Case study 3: Lewis Silkin – Flexibility equals engagement and commitment

Case study 4: Linklaters – Retaining and engaging talented lawyers post-recession

Case study 5: Norton Rose – The innovative approach to cost cutting

Case study 6: Simmons & Simmons – Getting a head start on change

Case study 7: TLT LLP – Opportunity knocks

Case study 8: Berwin Leighton Paisner – Taking the road less travelled

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here


Caroline Poynton
Caroline Poynton is a business journalist, with particular expertise in the legal sector. Before going into freelance journalism in July 2007, she was for six years editor of Managing Partner magazine, an Ark Group publication dedicated to senior management in the legal profession. Since working as a freelance journalist, she has written numerous features, as well as in-depth reports, not only on the legal profession, but also on corporate communications and business management generally. She has also worked as a freelance editor on publications including Ark Group’s FD Legal and the KermaPartners Quarterly, a publication published by management consultancy KermaPartners. She has published several reports with Ark Group, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Law Firms (2008), Managing the Evolution of Libraries and Information Services (2008), Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Post-Recession Legal Profession (2010), Strategic Development for Practice Group Leaders (2010) and Change Management for Law Firms (2011). She also co-authored, with Nick Brook, Business Continuity Planning and Management for Law Firms (2012).

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