Out now: Allen & Overy Alumni Yearbook 2018
11 December 2018
Complex challenges face law firms today. Lawyers are reappraising how they work and what they want from their careers; clients are reviewing the services they want from their lawyers. Technology is increasingly important in delivering client solutions, but equally, firms recognise that retaining their best talent is crucial for success in the shifting competitive landscape.
These challenges and the future of legal talent are the themes of this year’s yearbook, and through it, we explore some of the key developments and how A&O is addressing these issues.
The lawyer of the future
In this environment, talent goes far beyond the traditional skills associated with a lawyer. Our feature on finding the lawyer of the future discusses how A&O is competing against a number of organisations, not just law firms, to attract the best talent.
Retaining that talent increasingly calls for offering attractive and challenging alternatives to a traditional career in a law firm. Consultancy is one; flexible working is another. In this edition, we hear from the Peerpoint team about the rapid increase of consultants in the legal market, while A&O alumna Beatrice Vos discusses her career to date including how flexible working can help organisations retain talent which in the past would have been lost. We also learn from a number of ‘boomerangs’ – individuals who have rejoined A&O – what attracted them back.
The role of technological expertise
We pride ourselves on being excellent lawyers, but this is no longer enough: the firm also needs technological expertise to stay ahead of the game. You can read one way about how A&O is diversifying its services and products to meet client needs in our feature on the new Markets Innovation Group.
We also hear about what the future holds for our Hong Kong and Tokyo offices as they celebrate their 30th anniversaries, the inspiring work of A&O’s global charity partnerships with War Child and Hope and Homes for Children and Wim Dejonghe and Andrew Ballheimer reflect on their first two years in office together, building the business for the next generation, the firm’s diversity strategy and what makes the culture at A&O so special.
View the Alumni Yearbook in full