Canadian Lawyer

December/January 2021

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Page 24 of 43 23 » Diverse partners, leadership » Case files being distributed evenly, based on availability and skills only OVERALL, LAWYERS RANKED THEIR OWN FIRMS AT THE WEAKEST LEVELS ON THESE QUALITIES: » All respondents rated their firms the lowest in this category » Lawyers over 61 rated this somewhat higher than their younger peers » Small law practitioners scored their firms lower than mid-size and large firms Includes: Mentorship Budget for professional development Diversity of partners, leadership Case files distributed evenly Pro bono opportunities TALENT AND LEADERSHIP » Lawyers under 29 scored their firms lower than the average of respondents » Small-firm lawyers ranked their employers above the average, while those at large firms rated their employers below the average Includes: Flexible work hours Ability to work from home Relaxed dress code Work-life balance RESPECT AND TRUST » Women and those in the 30-to-45- year-old group noticeably marked their employers lower in this category Includes: Competitive salary Parental leave Autonomy when choosing clients, cases Reasonable billable hours Bonus opportunities COMPENSATION AND VALUE » Respondents over 61 scored their firms highest on this Includes: Team environment Strong management Support staff Technology resources SUCCESS DRIVERS » With the exception of those at small firms, all categories of respondents gave their employers high marks on metrics related to branding, the highest scores in any category Includes: Firm's reputation Good client base Prestige of office décor/setting Location of the office FIRM'S BRAND

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