Strong organizations must invest in the future. For our network, this means identifying and developing the skills of talented, early and mid-career lawyers from around the world who will lead Ally Law in the coming years.
Since the founding of Ally Law more than three decades ago, member firms have collaborated to help clients grow beyond their boundaries. As a result, our network has expanded along with our clients, with new member firms, new programs and new areas of expertise being added all the time.
Growing beyond boundaries remains a key strategic focus for Ally Law. To continue to do so, however, we know that we must invest in the future of our organization. In practical terms, this means identifying and developing the leadership, business development and practical skills of talented lawyers from around the world who will lead Ally Law in the coming years.
One of our core initiatives is our “Ally Law Future Leaders” interest group. Comprising early and mid-career lawyers from all of our member firms, the group meets formally and informally throughout the year at our in-person Annual General Meeting and regional meetings, and online in periodic videoconferences. In these sessions, members of the group share and discuss:
- Experiences bringing in their own clients, and how their firm structures and incentivizes business development.
- Networking experiences based on jurisdiction, practice or position in the firm.
- Ideas for Ally Law future leaders-focused events and collaboration.
We offer the Future Leaders Exchange Program that provides secondment opportunities for younger lawyers within other Ally member firms for a period of one to three months. Participants gain international experience and perspective while expanding their professional networks. This facilitates knowledge sharing both now and in the future and helps create enduring relationships between Ally member firm lawyers.
Other initiatives that we are pursuing include the creation of a task force aimed at preparing the next generation of future leaders, developing a working group of younger and mid-career lawyers to develop recommendations for future priorities for Ally Law, and encouraging and supporting the attendance of such lawyers at our AGMs and regional meetings.
On these foundations, we will continue to build trust and prepare to strengthen connections with future, in-person meetings. Our goal? To create an environment in which participants and their colleagues have deep confidence in each other and are pleased to create and share referral opportunities.