Survey finds it now takes an average of ten years to make partner

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16th November 2016 12:44 - Professional Services

Survey finds it now takes an average of ten years to make partner: According to a recent professional services survey by the recruiter, Origin Legal, it now takes an average of a decade to make partner.Survey finds it now takes an average of ten years to make partner

Origin Legal explored the 111 partners which were made up in London top 20 during 2016. The findings revealed that 80 per cent of the partners had between nine and 13 years’ experience after qualifying. The findings showed that the lawyers who qualified in 2006 made up the largest number.

However, when looking at the West End law firms, the findings were slightly different. The researchers discovered that the lawyers who were called in 2007 making up the greatest numbers.

Of the newly-minted partners within West End law firms, approximately 21.7 per cent had 9 year’s post qualification experience, as opposed to 12.6 per cent of the new partners featured in the top 20.

The survey was not just confined to London; the researchers also explored law firms in the Midlands. The research revealed that in the Midlands, there was a smaller spike in lawyers at a certain level being made up, with new partners being more evenly spread when it came to post qualification experience.

Of the junior solicitors in a survey conducted prior to Origin Legal’s 2016 survey, 39 per cent said that they feel that the law firm partnership model is out of date. However, a separate survey - Lawyer 2B’s 2015 Student Attitude Survey – revealed that despite some people claiming that those in Generation Y want different things from their careers, 42 per cent said that they hoped to work their way up the ladder to partnership at some later point in their career.

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