Law Firm Management Mentoring Programme - about

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    Supporting the building of successful law firm practices

    The aim of the Law Firm Mentoring Programme is to provide law firm management advice and guidance to lawyers who do not have easy access to management consultancy services. The first version of this Programme was launched by the Law Firm Management Committee in 2009 as a pilot programme available to IBA members. The Programme has now been extended and is available to all mentees, whether IBA members or not.

    Find out how the programme works below, or join here. See our mentor and mentee stories here.

  • Norman Clark

    Past Chair, IBA Law Firm Management Committee

    In this video, partner Norman Clark talks about his experience as a mentor under the Programme.

  • Toyin Uko

    Former Mentee


    Toyin was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. He worked in a number of well known law firms in Nigeria before deciding to set up his own practice in 2010. His practice area is litigation (appellate, commercial and tax).

    He started working with his mentor, based in the US, with the objective of building a successful practice with an international presence. Toyin's mentor actively advised him on the launch of his firm in 2010. The advice and guidance that Toyin received from his mentor related to the design of his strategy to get and retain his first clients; the content and form of his website; and finding ways to grow in the recession. As well as working with him on achieving his learning objectives, Toyin's mentor advised him on the likely growth areas for the profession; sent him relevant articles; and encouraged him to join professional social networks, where Toyin has become very active.

    "I was a delegate of the first Nigerian Bar Association Trade Service Mission to the UK. Through the guidance of my mentor, I shone like a star which led me to having two substantial contacts in the UK," he says. They worked together by telephone, email and face-to-face Skype sessions. "As such, distance has not impacted our work in any way" Toyin says. Toyin plans to grow his practice significantly in the next year and to be in a position to finance his attendance at the IBA Annual Conference in Boston in 2013.

How it works

Mentors and mentees join online by completing a questionnaire.
*See questionnaire for prospective mentors
*See questionnaire for prospective mentees
Registrants receive an email from the coordinator to guide them through the process and give them full access to the resources and mentor database. The resources provides the support and information that participants need to engage in successful mentoring relationships.
Mentees can then either search the database for a mentor online, or ask the coordinator to match them.
As a general rule, mentors work two hours a month with their mentee to help him/her achieve the mentoring objectives, over a period of 12 months. But each mentoring pair is able to determine the length of the Programme according to the learning objectives.
On a regular basis, the coordinator contacts participants to assess progress and monitor the programme.