The Avrio Law Firm Forum facilitates exchanges, cooperation and dialogue between member firms. It is a forum where ideas can be shared between senior partners and associates. It was established at our spring conference in 2012 and it is now a feature at each of our conferences.
The lawyer as a manager
Lawyers are trained to a very high standard in the field of law they chose. They are offered continuous professional development in this area. However upon joining a firm as a partner a whole new set of skills is needed. The lawyer must immediately become a manager and a leader. This transition is often a shock and can be quite difficult for the individual. Our forum aims to assist new partners in learning leadership and management skills. We do this by offering a peer to peer forum where an open honest discussion can take place. We have a mix of very experienced partners and newer partners who can gain insight from each other on a range of topics.
This forum is a rare opportunity for partners, managers and lawyers to meet in a peer to peer environment. The discussion is led by one of our board members and the topic is decided in advance so that questions can be prepared. There is time given to any member to talk, or ask questions of another member, and there is time for reflection on the overall discussion.
We poll our members in advance of each conference to give them options on the topics to be discussed. Members vote on those that are most relevant to them. These issues often transcend national boundaries. Our past forums have covered the following topics:
Partner status - Partnerships, the role of partners, compensation schemes, entry and exit procedures, the partnership agreement, profit sharing.
Flexible working and retaining talent - working from home, part-time working, managing people with young families, maternity and paternity leave, job share, flexi days, IT equipment, work/life balance.
These are just a few of the issues facing today’s leading lawyers. Our members tell us that this forum is very useful and yet another unique benefit of their membership. We welcome guests to this forum, so if you would like to attend one of our conferences just contact the General Secretariat.