Linklaters unveils in-house business school
Linklaters has launched an in-house business school in an ambitious venture that aims to position the City giant at the cutting edge of global professional services training.The Linklaters Law & Business School was launched on Monday (15 September) and includes practice diplomas, training for partners and managing associates and an orientation programme for new trainees. The firm is signing up academics to an advisory committee for the project with Bertrand Moingeon, HEC Business School director general, and Ashish Nanda, professor of practice at Harvard Law School, already committed.Knowledge and learning head Suzanne Fine and knowledge and learning partner Michael Voisin are heading the project and will sit on the school's advisory committee. The teaching faculty consists of 70 worldwide partners and internal business specialists.The next intake of staff at the magic circle law firm - numbering 140 - will attend the first week-long orientation programme, which takes place in London later this month.Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies told Legal Week: "The key aim of this launch is to provide everyone with the knowledge, skill and confidence to operate at the very top of the legal profession."Voisin added: "We believe that the launch of the school is genuinely innovative - it is very exciting to be part of this enormous project."The training initiative is part of an agenda of eight key strategic objectives agreed by Linklaters' partnership in November 2007. Other objectives include revamping its business services, developing New York and Germany as practices and strengthening ties with key global clients.
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