The Legal 500, the annual research into the best law firms around the world, is looking to the 'next generation'. 

Historically, The Legal 500 has focused on individual teams and the more seasoned partners - those at the top of the tree. 

Starting with the EMEA edition but likely to extend across all platforms, the move to credit the next generation is welcomed, but perhaps not by all. 

Some firms, inexplicable, shy away from giving too much credit to their rising talent.  The argument goes that tomorrow's stars will simply be poached by rival firms - the war for talent. 

But what does that say about the culture of those firms?  Surely a firm with a strong employer brand that nurtures and empowers its staff has nothing to fear. 

Firms should embrace this welcome change from The Legal 500, and celebrate the leaders of tomorrow.