So, why did 75 odd (yes – some very odd) lawyers and spouses/partners meet at the start of October in Amsterdam?
Well, obviously, for the beer, jenever (Dutch gin) and haaring (raw herring, Dutch style – better with every jenever taken…). But, from what I can remember (after all that jenever) it was a very successful meeting of Avrio Advocati, the international legal group where we are the only Scottish members. We talked quite a bit about how all markets, but the legal market in particular, are changing quickly – and how things might look completely different in 5 years’ time.
That seems to be particularly the case in terms of employment/engagement (and expect to hear more on this from Donna in the future). According to the Dutch academic addressing us, people now can expect to have multiple jobs, both consecutively and concurrently – but also that people may be hired by project. I’m still trying to come to terms with what that means for career development, employment related benefits (just think of health cover in the US) and so on. If anyone thinks, they know – let me know.
As important as the formal part of the meeting was, the informal part was excellent. That’s where we really get to know our colleagues – and that’s important for you, because if I have to refer your problem to one of my colleagues I think it important that you know the person responsible for your work. My experience is that, bad as it is having to deal with lawyers (the kind, cuddly people that we are…) it is much more stressful to have to do that in a strange place and another language. So, if we can help by introducing you to the people and practice, that should help.
So, please look on our friends in Avrio as a resource for you to use: only a few of them really bite!