Evaluation and Feedback
In addition to regular feedback which we encourage associates to ask in connection with actual work assignments, each associate receives a formal annual review.
Our review process begins with comments that are collected from all of the partners and counsel with whom an associate works. These comments are synthesized to provide an overview of the associate’s experience. We intend the review process to be participatory, and encourage associates to be involved in developing their career paths and strategies to achieve their goals.
Knowledge Management. To ensure that lawyers have access to the most up-to-date information, we have an extensive intranet that makes internal and external practice resources and administrative information easily available. We also maintain know-how databases where details of precedents, advice and memoranda can be quickly retrieved, and our lawyers use real-time discussion forums on our intranet to share their experience and knowledge with one another. Associates also have desktop access to a wide variety of external business and legal electronic information services.
Overseas Assignments. Brussels associates may be offered the possibility to spend time in one of the firm’s other offices, usually for a period of approximately nine months to one year. Such assignments are generally made after an associate has practiced for a period of time (a minimum of two years) in the Brussels office.
Practice Groups. The firm is not rigidly departmentalized according to the areas in which we practice. Rather, each office has established informal practice groups in its main areas of activity. This facilitates fluid team building as needed for particular projects. Practice groups and subgroups meet regularly to share recent experiences on client projects, to participate in training programs and to exchange information about recent developments in law and practice. In the Brussels office the practice groups currently include the Competition, Corporate, Employment Benefits, Tax, International Trade, Belgian, Dutch, English and German law practice groups which meet regularly.
There are also annual or bi-annual pan-European practice group meetings, which not only serve an educational purpose, but also provide our lawyers the possibility to socialize with their colleagues from other offices outside the work context.Associates, in particular at the beginning of their careers, can gather experience in various areas, and participation in one practice group does not exclude participation in others. At the same time, associates who wish to focus on a particular practice area early in their career with us are encouraged to do so.