Burges Salmon offers alternatives to partner track with introduction of two new positions
Regional law firm Burges Salmon has overhauled its partnership track with the introduction of two new positions of senior associate and legal director.The new role of legal director has been designed as an alternative to partnership, with the firm set to begin interviewing potential candidates at the beginning of 2009. The firm has also expanded its assistant ranks to include the new title of senior associate.The positions will form part of the firm's newly-introduced Lawyer Contribution Framework (LCF), which will be rolled out next summer as the basis for a new appraisal scheme.The legal director role will offered on a case-by-case basis and will be used in situations where a lawyer completes a certain amount of partner-level work, services a specialist practice area or client base that is strategically important or has a skill set which is not easily replicated.Commenting on the new structure, Burges Salmon director of human resources David Shufflebotham, said: "What we are looking to achieve is more structure in current career paths in recognition of the achievement of our fee earners. We will be using the scheme to build on the roles that we already have in place. The lawyer development programmes that will underpin the new structures are a vital part of ensuring their successful implementation."The announcement of the new structures come days after Burges Salmon announced the election of Chris Jackson as its new managing partner. Jackson will take up the helm on 1 May, 2009.
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