The end of the amateur
As solicitors' firms and barristers' chambers have become multi-million pound organisations so the days of having an amateur in charge of the business have passed. Ric Martin looks at the growth of the professional managing partner
In the late ’80s, when I joined a medium size international firm and became partnership secretary, I was one of a very small number of lawyers involved in management. Most of the rest were accountants. A former secretary – who was a very competent personnel manager – an office manager and one IT administrator supported me. None would have described themselves as professional managers.
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