Learning & Development Case Studies

A leading Regional firm faced an issue of wanting to have partners more committed and skilled as leaders.

The firm had already run leadership training course, but these had had only a limited effect and the partners were cynical about training.

Sherwood was invited to pitch for this work. Our understanding of the challenges facing the firm, together with a rigorous approach for getting ‘buy-in’, helped us win the work.

We worked alongside the firm and encouraged them to set up a steering group comprising key Practice Group Heads and others. We met the partners and senior business support heads to understand the needs more fully and design a Leadership Masterclass which focused on real live ‘change’ projects.

The pilot group asked to meet up afterwards to review progress. Comments from participants included:

“I thought this was excellent”. “I’ve already put some of the material into effect!”

Sherwood has been asked back…

An international city firm wanted to increase the contribution from and the morale of its young lawyers and in doing so improve its retention of talented individuals. We worked with the Training and HR professionals and partners to develop a development programme for rafts of lawyers between 2 and 6 years qualified in the UK and across continental Europe. The starting point was establishing a competency framework based on the input of the partners and the young lawyers themselves and which reflected the business priorities and culture of the firm. The resulting development centres generated highly positive feedback and resulted in higher retention rates.