Our Future Leaders Exchange program provides secondment opportunities for younger lawyers with another Ally member for one to three months.
Acting now to chart the future.
Participants build international connections and engage in career training and professional development while increasing cultural awareness. This facilitates knowledge sharing now and in the future and helps create enduring relationships between Ally member firms.
The program is especially beneficial for members who have mutual clients, are in the same region, or have other common interests or goals.
The length of participation depends on the preferences of the host and sending firms. Generally, seconded lawyers do not engage in billable work for the host firm’s clients. Expenses for housing the secondee are covered by the sending law firm.
The Future Leaders Exchange Program is intended for participants with at least two years experience as a fully-qualified lawyer. More junior practitioners are less likely to benefit from the networking and professional development opportunities inherent in this program.
Program participants must meet the following minimum requirements:
How are participants selected?
The sending firm selects potential participants based on merit and the existence of a common interest (for example, a mutual client or an interest in a certain region). The host firm reserves the right to request any documentation (e.g., a CV, resumé and references) necessary to assess the merit of the participant, and will have an opportunity to interview any proposed participant prior to agreeing to host them.
What types of work will be assigned to participants?
Seconded lawyers do not undertake client billable work for the host firm.
Typically, secondees continue to work on billable work from the sending firm while participating in nonbillable client activities and firm functions organized by the host firm.
- Communicate with the sending firm regarding its requirements and objectives for the program, including:
- Interview the proposed participant prior to commencement to ensure a suitable ‘fit’.
- Assist the participant with any immigration issues, such as providing documents for a Visa application.
- Designate at least one partner of the host firm as a mentor of the participant during the program
- Ensure that the participant is provided with appropriate supervision and support.
- Create professional development opportunities for the secondee, including client meetings, joint presentations and social functions.
- Provide the participant with appropriate technical and secretarial support to enable the participant to carry out work tasks and communicate with the sending firm where necessary.
- Together with the sending firm, ensure that suitable accommodations are obtained for the participant.
- Communicate with the host firm regarding its requirements and objectives for the program, including:
- Select a suitable participant to further the aims of the program
- Provide advice and support to the participant including in respect of immigration where possible
- Liaise with the host firm where necessary to coordinate the work tasks to be given to the participant
- Together with the host firm, ensure that suitable accommodation is obtained for the participant and that appropriate insurances are in place
- Continue to pay the participant’s wages and provide resources for accommodations and travel expenses.
Interested? Let us know.
Please let us know of your interest in the Future Leaders Exchange Program. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact email@example.com