Linklaters introduces in-house practice diplomas

Linklatersassociates wont feel left in the dark as soon as they qualify – because now they will receive specialist in-house training under the firms new Law & Business School.

The magic circle firm launched its Practice Diploma programme this week as part of the new educational framework it has set up to provide ongoing professional development for all of its staff.

As part of the Practice Diplomas all new Linklaters associates across the globe will now receive training for the first four years after qualifying.

The majority of the training will be set to a globally coherent structure which will cover both the technical aspects and skills, which all associates are required to attain. However, the firm has also tailor-made parts of the programme for specific regions or practice areas.

Global knowledge and learning partner Michael Voisin said associates now will be able to monitor their development from qualifying, which will make them feel as though they are making progress through the firm.

Our aim as a firm is to have globally minded, diverse and flexible people, who are always seeking improvement. If were to work on the most challenging of assignments and deliver consistently excellent results for our clients, each generation of our legal and business services staff need to be learning new skills and new ways of thinking. This is a continuous process that demands a dynamic approach to learning, he said.

The Linklaters Law & Business School has been spearheaded by knowledge and learning head Suzanne Fine along with Voisin. It will also feature training for partners and managing associates as well as an orientation programme for new trainee solicitors.