We are pleased to announce that we have promoted 86 Associates to Senior Associate and introduced a new position as Legal Director, with 44 Legal Directors and 2 Special Counsel also being promoted.
The Legal Director position will be introduced in the UK, EMEA, Singapore and Latin America and is known as Of Counsel in Hong Kong and Special Counsel in Bangkok. The role has existed in Australia for a number of years and is run under the title of Special Counsel.
This role creates a stronger career structure for senior attorneys in the firm and recognizes experienced and technically excellent attorneys who have gone beyond the senior associate level.
The new career structure, which is part of the firm’s ongoing focus on developing and attracting talent, offers Senior Associates the opportunity to advance to either Legal Director or direct partnership. In future, legal managing directors will also have the opportunity to become part of the partnership.
Nick Thomas, Global Senior Partner at Kennedys, says: “The new structure is closely tied to Kennedy’s growth agenda and international focus. The fact that we have completed so many promotions this year is testament to how members of our global team have grown to meet the challenges of the pandemic, showing new dedication, hard work, dedication and resilience. We are all the stronger for that. “
Suzanne Liversidge, Global Managing Partner, Kennedys, says: “Congratulations to all 132 who have been promoted. They earn it. The promotions send a clear message that we have great opportunities for advancement across the company. We want to develop career structures that attract and retain top talent in our global branches. “
The promotions send a clear message that we have great opportunities for advancement across the company. We want to develop career structures that attract and retain top talent in our global offices.
Suzanne Liversidge, managing partner
Caroline Wilson, Global HR Director at Kennedys, says: “Attracting and developing talent is key to Kennedy’s continued growth. The reel has been around in Australia for a number of years and we have now rolled out it around the world. The creation of the legal director position is part of our ongoing effort to invest in our people across the company, whether they are early career starters or our senior executives. This change in our career structure gives our attorneys a clear understanding of what they need to do to advance their careers at Kennedys, with different options to suit each individual’s skills and experience. “
Those who advance to Legal Director / of or Special Counsel are invited to join Kennedy’s global leadership program. The program aims to enable them to further expand their practice and market presence while strengthening their leadership skills and global strategic networks.
This promotion round follows the ten partner promotions announced in May and at the same time as the admission of 34 trainees: In August, Great Britain welcomed 23 trainees with a training contract, while in September a further 11 trainees were added via the SQE training program. The company has a training quota of 92%.
Earlier this year we introduced our hybrid labor policy, which allows employees to work from home up to 40% of the time. The guideline is intended to promote a sustainable work-life balance and is the result of the successful adaptation to new work patterns as a result of the global pandemic.
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