THE GOOD OLD DAYS when you could join a top law firm after university, power through the work and, before you reached 30, be offered partnership are well and truly over, according to Allens Arthur Robinson managing partner Tom Poulton.
In an exclusive interview with Lawyers Weekly, Poulton said “it is generally not possible for young lawyers to become partners in their twenties these days”.
While Poulton himself was only 21 when he joined the Melbourne office of what was then Arthur Robinson & Co., he said it was highly unlikely that his career trajectory could be emulated by young lawyers today. There are many more people doing law, he said, and people do combined degrees, as well, so “things just take a little bit longer to achieve”, he said.
In the launch of Lawyers Weekly’s new The Whole Truth interviews, on page 22 this week, Poulton offers an insight into the legal profession, the modern law firm, and what it takes to be managing partner at Allens Arthur Robinson.