'Oiling the machine' – Freshfields' new City chief bids to modernise gung-ho style
"It’s a bit like being a cox in a rowing boat. If everyone is rowing in sync, the boat is going to move much better. My role is part helping set the direction and part getting everyone pointing the same way and oiling the machinery to achieve this,” says Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Mark Rawlinson of his new role as London head. Freshfields born and raised, the role is not Rawlinson’s first management position at the firm he joined in 1982, following a three-year stint as London corporate head that ended this summer. However, in taking over from his predecessor Tim Jones, Rawlinson, who to date has been better known for his transactional work than management matters, has set himself a bigger challenge: transforming the office’s working culture.
Suzanna Ring talks to Freshfields’ new City head about plans to bring in a better work/life deal for associates
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