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Three Categories of Staff We Typically Encounter in Legal Practice Chambers

In majority of legal practice chambers, we tend to encounter three categories of staff.

The first category of staff we tend to encounter in legal practice chambers is that of management staff. These are typically the partners who own the legal practice that owns the chambers. In the ‘younger’ legal practices, these will tend to be the folks who actually set up the legal practice. In the older or better established legal practices such as Baker & McKenzie (which is now rated as the world’s largest legal firm), the management staff members may be people who have grown in the practice over the years, or people who were recruited directly into the management roles.

The second category of staff we tend to encounter in legal practice chambers is that of legal practitioners: that is, mid-level staff members. Many of these are legal practitioners who haven’t yet attained partnerships. In many firms these are referred to as associates. In some firms, junior partners may be deemed to be in this cadre.

The third category of staff we tend to encounter in legal practice chambers is that of subordinate staff members. In this category, we are looking at folks like the folks who are there to photocopy documents, the cleaners, the tea-girls and the watchmen and other non-legal staff. Whether the secretaries should be included there or not is a matter of controversy. The same controversy arises with respect to the IT staff. These are professionals working in the legal practice chambers. But given the fact that they are not actually involved in the legal work, then some people are of the opinion that they can be classified as subordinate staff members.