Legal Business

Strategic Recruitment: What Lies Beneath

More law firms are formally vetting potential senior recruits. Legal Business investigates the growth – and controversies – of partner due diligence.

The legacy of failed lateral hires can damage reputations and even affect the finances of a firm, and this can be particularly galling when the failure is down to an absence of basic due diligence, or that process is flawed. Even the most established firms can get things badly wrong. One recruitment consultant recalls the time a Magic Circle partner called an old law school colleague for their opinion on a potential candidate. As it turned out, the old school chum was the potential recruit’s current boss.