US BigLaw Firms Could Be Next To Abolish Annual Reviews

Law360, Grand Rapids (June 13, 2017, 11:21 AM EDT) -- A number of U.K.-based law firms have dropped formal, annual attorney performance reviews in favor of ongoing assessments in recent months, a trend that could soon catch on at U.S.-based BigLaw firms.

Allen & Overy, RPC, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters LLP have ditched, or are in the process of ditching, annual performance reviews or assessments and are moving instead to more frequent, less formal methods of determining and communicating performance, according to U.K. media reports, and others in Britain are considering doing the same.

While some large U.S.-based law firms have moved away from annual reviews — Baker McKenzie has reportedly...

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