Addleshaws simplifies path to partnership

August 2, 2012 Addleshaw Goddard has simplified the path to partnership, reducing the number of hurdles that lawyers face before they are eligible for promotion to the top rank.

The six lawyers who were made up to partner at Addleshaw Goddard this year gave just one set of presentations to management as part of the promotions process, compared with the previous requirement of three presentations.

The changes are part of a broader plan to streamline management at the firm after disappointing financial results in the 2010-11 financial year. “We’ve cut unnecessary duplication and I think it’s helped not have so many people focusing on management,” said senior partner Monica Burch. “It’s led to us making decisions more quickly. We could be really bureaucratic but now, without wanting to sound glib, we’re much more agile.

“We don’t have two sets of committees any more and can be more responsive to opportunities and to market conditions. Those sitting on the single unitary board say it’s better and partners have said that it feels more business-like.”

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