Ask Christopher Hirst what he sees as his top challenge as the new managing partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP and he points to the war for talent in the Metro Vancouver area. Finding lawyers who can afford to live in the area, or are willing to commute is becoming a significant challenge.
In fact, he puts recruitment and retention alongside the adoption of new technology. He says artificial intelligence will be a significant differentiator for firms in the next two years and indicates the firm is closing in on making investments in the area of AI.
It was announced late last week that Hirst, who is a partner and leader of the firm's construction and engineering practice, was appointed managing partner. Hirst began his career at Alexander Holburn in 1994 as a summer student and became a partner in 2003. His areas of practice include construction and engineering, environmental and insurance.