Membership for much younger partners allows individuals to pursue an outside interest while improving skills and networks for their main legal career. It thereby offers significant commercial benefits to a firm, particularly if coupled with encouragement on the part of the firm for each young partner to take on charitable or other not-for-profit external positions while in partnership. To ensure that junior partners gain most from their membership, our core offering is enhanced by events tailored for the younger end of the partnership.
Why younger partners?
Membership of BCKR at an early stage in partnership:
- develops partners’ networking skills
- encourages a more entrepreneurial spirit
- improves partners’ commercial acumen by taking on a trustee or not-for-profit NED role
- gently markets their firm, by the partners’ involvement with the boards of not for profit organisations, whose members (often with different hats on) may be existing or potential clients
- enables members to get to know other senior lawyers in the network
- makes a convincing addition to a firm’s CSR offering and
- gives a broader balance to life as a partner, allowing partners to pursue an outside interest in a way that benefits their firm.
If a firm is able to support younger partners in these areas, through sponsoring and encouraging their BCKR membership, all will benefit.
What extras will BCKR do for younger partners?
BCKR offers the younger partners:
- The BCKR core offering of breakfast events and job lists
- Junior Partner Introductions – two early morning sessions covering key aspects of the non-executive world and preparing the partners for their own non-executive journey. A small number of junior partners would be in attendance at each session ideally from a variety of firms. (If firms prefer similar sessions aimed purely at their own new partners as part of their partner induction process, this can also be arranged.)
- Individual Strategy Advice – a session with a professional headhunter, familiar with lawyers and the non-executive world, and importantly, very sympathetic to the idea of getting younger trustees onto boards. This will help target the partner’s approach, tailor their CV and provide introductions to suitable roles and
- Junior Partner Roundtables – these provide an opportunity for our younger members to openly discuss progress, concerns and possible next steps.
Membership of the BCKR Junior Partners’ programme covers two years’ individual membership of BCKR with its core events and job alerts, participation in the Junior Partner Introductions, bespoke CV and application advice and assistance, and invitations to the BCKR Junior Partner Roundtables.