BCL Legal News
20 November 2014

Kevin Gold interviewed by BCL Legal News

Kevin Gold, Managing Partner of Mishcon de Reya, discusses trainees, flexible working, the firm's relocation and its future.

Kevin, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed for The Brief. Firstly, can you give us a quick rundown of your career to date?

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town before coming to London and completing my legal training in the eighties. I qualified in 1987 after having worked at Lovell White Durrant and Bayer Rosin. I was a partner when I moved to Mishcon in 1994, and have been managing partner of the firm since 1997. Last year, I was re-elected by the partnership for a three year term so you’ll have to check in with me in 2016 to find out what happens next…

It’s been reported that Mishcon de Reya is to recruit its future trainees purely from its vacation scheme. Can you tell us a bit about that?

We don’t believe that one sixty minute interview gives applicants enough time to shine. Plus, we want to know more about a person than their interview technique. The vacation scheme allows us to get to know them and them to get to know us over a two week period; a period in which they’ll actually get to do the job, sitting in two different practice areas and teaming up with partners and current trainees alike. It’s very important to us that we are recruiting people who want to share in our values-based way of working, one which over two weeks, they’ll be well versed in.

You’ve also prompted much discussion following the news about the firm’s three-day weeks and unlimited holidays. Why do you think that kind of flexible working is the way forward?

I think that achieving a balance between your work life and your personal life is key to happiness. It’s as simple as that. I believe that we employ clever, responsible and talented lawyers and non-lawyers who should be given the opportunity to shape their own ways of working in ways which benefit the firm and its clients. The traditional five days a week, 9 to 5 model is outdated in an age where we have remote access to emails, video conferencing and sophisticated telephone systems.

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