How this firm is pushing education opportunities

How this firm is pushing education opportunities

11 March 2021 By Emma Ryan

As part of Lawyers Weekly’s CPD special, Lander & Rogers shared how it’s maximising opportunities for employee upskilling in the 2021 calendar year.

Catherine Whitehead, Lander & Rogers’ chief people officer, said the firm continues to invest heavily in education and “have a genuine culture of learning at Lander & Rogers”.

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“Our learning programs go beyond core competencies and have been designed to engage our people, align with career goals, promote curiosity and maintain our people’s wellbeing,” she explained.  

“Our sessions focus on ‘soft’ skills such as how to hold constructive conversations; provide challenging feedback; and manage emotions, as well as technical legal skills. Many of our sessions are available to all our staff, not just our lawyers.”

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This year, the firm is taking an active stance on maintaining its focus on learning and CPD with a program focused on professional skills, as well as technology, innovation, and wellbeing, Ms Whitehead noted.

“Our programs are now run virtually, which means we can hold more sessions on more varied topics across all of our groups and roles,” she added.

“Programs are more accessible to those with caring responsibilities, and staff members on parental leave are able to tap into sessions earlier and maintain their connection with the firm. We’ve also created an online hub with access to short courses from leading universities; resources on professional and personal skills; seminar recordings; articles; TED talks, and recommended podcasts.”

Ms Whitehead said the firm is also providing opportunities for staff to upskill in digital tools and legal technology through regular ‘smart tools’ webinars; tech training on emerging digital platforms; and seminars on hot topics such as design thinking, blockchain, contract automation and cyber security.

“We provide immersion opportunities in digital tools, legal technology and legal design through our LawTech Hubs in Sydney and Melbourne and collaboration with our client-facing innovation team, iHub,” she explained. 

“We’ve also built health and wellbeing into our professional learning, and will continue to provide sessions on mental health first aid, managing emotions and resilience, connection and purpose.”

How this firm is pushing education opportunities
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