Begum, Husnara
November 2005
Lawyer;11/14/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 44, p3
Trade Publication
The article discusses the system of allocating work in the companies of Great Britain. The companies Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have overhauled their systems for allocating work to corporate associates. Freshfield is piloting a system of involving selected senior associates in the process of assigning work to their peers. Linklaters has also introduced the system of work allocation partners. The company Allen & Overy has had two work allocation partners in each of its corporate groups for more than four years. Ensuring associates aren't over-worked is just one part of the process. The bigger challenge is ensuring work is allocated fairly, which means stopping partners favoring one associate over another. Most firms agree that it is important for associates to be exposed to the different styles adopted by partners when running deals.


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