Genuine development opportunities
We devote an extraordinary amount of time and effort to identifying and recruiting top talent and we commit significant resources to their professional development. We believe that better associates become better partners, so we help our associates to develop technical excellence, an understanding of the complexities of the industries in which our clients operate and the skills generally to serve as well-rounded counselors and advocates in both contentious and non-contentious settings. Our approach relies upon 3 cornerstone principles:
Access to Clients, Regulators and Counterparties
We delegate substantial responsibility to our associates. From the very beginning, our associates work directly with clients, regulators and transactional counterparties on significant matters under the firm's close supervision. This direct contact enables our associates to learn about different facets of the industries in which our clients operate and to appreciate market norms. We believe that these benefits would not be possible if our associates were limited to receiving instructions from more senior lawyers.
Opportunities for Multi-Disciplinary Learning
We expect our associates to practise across a range of legal disciplines, including corporate law, securities law, banking law and general commercial law. We expect them to engage in their own legal research and to develop an understanding not only of prevailing market practices but also of the laws underlying these practices. We believe that this approach produces complete, well-rounded lawyers with breadth, sophistication and depth of knowledge of a wide variety of legal disciplines, the ability to think independently and creatively and the skills to identify and resolve legal issues in cutting edge work where market practices have yet to evolve or where market practices are not suitable.
We actively mentor our associates, guiding them in their development and instilling in them the confidence to approach legal problems. Each hire is the beginning of a process of continued communication.