Simmons & Simmons to ditch traditional contract for flexible working

Simmons & Simmons senior partner and employment expert Janet Gaymer wants to tear up the traditional contract for lawyers and bring in flexible working by 2007.

“This is a business issue and you can’t ignore it because you’re losing talent, and it’s very expensive talent,” said Gaymer.

Simmons plans to undertake trials in certain practice areas. Transactional practices, in which lawyers could sell their services on a project-by-project basis, will not necessarily be excluded.

“One of the pressing issues that we have at the moment is the retention of lawyers at three and four years’ post qualification experience, who basically reject the traditional model. That’s not a gender issue – it’s actually applicable to both male and female lawyers,” added Gaymer.