Survey says partnership is not the main goal for most UK associates

July 12, 2010 Making partner is not the main goal for most UK associates, according to a new survey. Legal Week Intelligence's 2010 Employee Satisfaction Report reveals that only 38 percent of the 3,800 associates surveyed consider making partner their ultimate career objective, compared to 45 per cent in 2009 and 50 per cent the year before.

Female lawyers are even less likely to pursue partnership, with only 29 per cent reporting an interest in becoming a partner.

According to Shearman & Sterling London managing partner Anthony Ward "Partnership is a lot more difficult to achieve today than it was ten years ago," told Legal Week. He added: "The companies and banks that offer in-house careers provide a structure that is appealing to many."

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