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Getting Serious About Keeping Your Best People

Osborne Clarke OWA has recently been identified in a Commercial Lawyer survey as ''the English law firm with the highest qualified staff retention rate''...so what is their secret? Chris Bull, chief executive, and Sue Wiles, head of Human Resources, provide an insight into the strategy Osborne Clarke uses to retain its people and emphasise the perils of making assumptions about retention.

Flexible and Part-Time Working

Peter Cooke, managing partner of Theodore Goddard argues that all firms have much to gain by ensuring that they attempt to lure back the increasing number of trained lawyers who have left private practice and indeed the profession, and furthermore, that the techniques applied by the successful flexible worker can contribute to best practise elsewhere.

A&O dresses down

Allen & Overy is breaking with magic circle formality by offering staff the chance to dress down five days a week.

New Managing Partner for CMS Cameron McKenna

CMS Cameron McKenna has re-appointed Bill Shelford as senior partner and appointed Dick Tyler, a partner in the Corporate Practice as managing partner, following unopposed elections last week. Robert Derry-Evans has taken a new role in the senior management team as Chief Executive.

Leadership and Management

For over 33 years I have been involved with professional services businesses in one way or another. Writes Christopher Honeyman Brown.My experience of leadership is overwhelmingly that professional service businesses veer away from the specific development of leadership skills. Moreover, the same approach is taken to management skills and the net result is that many professional service firms fail to deliver to their true potential.

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