Despite technology, the law needs great, motivated and trained people

Date: 10 Nov 2016


Jim Aveline, partner and head of family offices and businesses sector group at Burges Salmon, says partners attend ‘career conversation workshops’ to help discuss career aspirations with their lawyers.

How do you manage young talent?

During their training contract, trainee solicitors have regular performance reviews, which take place at the middle and end of their four-month seat. All of our partners have also recently attended a career conversation workshop that prompts them to have regular conversations with all of our lawyers to not only discuss their current performance but also their future career aspirations.

How important is your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility in attracting and retaining young professionals?

This is very important and all of our lawyers are encouraged to get involved in CSR activities. During our new starter induction, we showcase the CSR opportunities available, which range from reading buddies at local schools to mentoring opportunities to volunteer work with local community projects. All employees should complete two volunteering days per year. As part of our work experience programme, we provide training on key employability skills, such as presentation, research, CV writing and interviewing. Our junior solicitors are also mentoring our legal apprentices and we have a number of solicitors mentoring at the University of Law and the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme which offers work experience, financial assistance and professional mentoring to those from less advantaged backgrounds.

What other strategies do you implement?

We use social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and write regular blogs which are shared through social media to raise awareness of what it is like to be a lawyer. Blogs are shared not only on social media but also on Roll on Friday and Legal Cheek. We attend a number of university law fairs, which are visited by current trainees and the HR team. We also make use of trainees to encourage other students to apply. Finally, we hold a number of open evenings to students looking for a training contract or an apprenticeship scheme. Despite all the technology, the law is still about having great, motivated and trained people.

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