Frequently senior practitioners realise that they won't or don't want to progress to partner and will ask themselves "Where to now?"
A special counsel appointment acknowledges the high level of skill and knowledge a senior lawyer brings to a particular practice. Special counsel roles can involve flexibility, some control of working hours and freedom from the pressures of partnership.
At a senior level, working in-house sometimes affords the opportunity to be involved in management and company strategy.
Senior lawyers are in high demand in government. Many government departments lend themselves to certain practice specialisations, for example ASIC (corporate), ACCC (competition), ATO (revenue) and HREOC (employment).
Senior litigators may consider a move to the bar. Other options may include academia, legal publishing, regulatory compliance, working with a community legal centre or leaving law entirely for a rewarding career in business management, corporate advisory, politics, recruitment, entertainment or with a not-for-profit.
The possibilities are endless.
With Mary Horniblow, manager private practice and international, Mahlab Recruitment (NSW)