Lift people up
As you know from my previous emails, being the founder and owner of a law firm comes with its challenges.
But one of the most rewarding parts above all is developing young people.
We've had many come through the firm, and I take it as an absolute point of pride to see where they all are now.
Bar none, those who have trained at the firm now all flying high and look set to shape the future of the IP legal space.
They're all fantastic lawyers.
That is no coincidence, and I am proud of each and every one!
It is my belief that to lift people up, you need to challenge them.
(But in the right ways).
Forged in fire
Whilst Virtuoso Legal can sometimes be a bit of a crucible of fire - this is by design.
We like to throw our young pros in "at the deep end" (albeit with buoyancy devices)...
- Direct engagement with clients from the outset
- Engagement with the broadest scope of work on active matters
- "Space" to grow into, not ringfencing or minimising their contributions
The result of this is a rather unique skillset which you do not often see in the legal space... Most juniors develop the skills that make a really good lawyer independently of their training.
(Things like conflict management, versatility, initiative, tactical communication, intuition, diplomacy and so on).
You do hear about legal environments which are challenging for young lawyers, in all the wrong ways.
Whilst those require resilience, it's more of a "sink or swim" environment.
I don't think it's fair on young people to put them in that situation, and it can often be exploitative.
The long and short of it
The long and short of it is we care about our team, dearly.
The way that we look to operate as a business is to do everything we can to help them reach their maximum potential.
Whilst we're not perfect, it is a fact that all our previous team members have benefitted uniquely from training here.
On top of that, we only seek to hire the most fantastic prospects, with a true passion for IP above all else.
That is the secret recipe to what we do - and it won't be changing anytime soon.
Hope you have a fantastic week,
Drop me an email reply if you want to chat about anything IP - my door is always open.