Every year, during September, a formal assessment of every lawyer´s performance is undertaken on the basis of individual reports prepared by each mentor together with complementary reports prepared by the lawyers which had interactions with the evaluated lawyer during the yearly evaluation period (the “Yearly Assessment”). Each mentor´s report contains proposals of category or subcategory changes, which are submitted to a partners’ committee that makes a final decision about each individual case.
On the other hand, junior lawyers are assessed twice a year; firstly in March, based on their performance during the September-February period, and secondly in September, regarding their performance during the March-August period (this second evaluation is carried out together with the Yearly Assessment of the rest of the Firm’s associates).
Additionally, since 2016, the Firm incorporated a further assessment process to be completed during March of each year for those specific associates that have not been promoted as a result of the previous Yearly Assessment, and who gather merits and virtues for their future projections. This new tool is also used to evaluate in March those associates that given their entry date to the Firm, had not reached the minimum period required to be evaluated on the Yearly Assessment on September of each year.
This performance review system, together with the one that each lawyer receives annualy regarding his work and his relationship with his mentor, constitutes a valuable tool for lawyers to review their performance periodically and make the necessary adjustments and improvements to achieve their goals.
Moreover, the Firm has also implemented an upward review system whereby lawyers, on a confidential basis, annually evaluate those lawyers who have been their supervisors (coaches and mentors), thus contributing to improve working conditions and overall efficiency of the Firm as a whole.