An extremely positive move by Pinsent Masons, as highlighted in The Lawyer today.
Whilst a different structure to work allocation as we know it, this is an excellent opportunity for the firm to provide visibility of opportunities to their lawyers, whilst balancing the workload of others. It is a great first step.
The challenge with any allocation structure is when the emphasis is on the lawyers to be pro-active. It is great to see some early successes but from our experience the allocation and highlighting specific opportunities needs to be drive to the lawyers, rather than by them. As a result, the opportunities need to be relevant.
This is an excellent first step but for an allocation process to gain real traction, a detailed understanding of individual lawyers skills, development needs, objectives, relationships and activity needs to be understood, so that work that is highlighted can be tailored to each lawyer. This is where firms are driving major, and sustainable relationships in this space and will be key for Pinsent Masons beyond the pilot.
If you would like to hear more about the benefits that are being realised across the legal sector from having work allocation structures in place, please get in touch.
Pinsent Masons has launched a programme of associate work allocation, which would allow lawyers from across the firm’s network bid for work to boost their billable hours, The Lawyer can reveal. The online marketplace, which has been rolled out through the construction advisory and disputes practice to 17 of the firm’s 21 offices globally, was launched to give lawyers greater personal control over their workload. According to a statement by the firm, over 20 assignments have been completed through the marketplace.