Flexible working for lawyers: who’s doing what?

A growing cohort of law firms have introduced formal agile working policies in the last 12 months. Here’s a run-down of the firms that are have schemes in place or are thinking about implementing them.

Agile and flexible working: who’s doing what?

Addleshaw Goddard: Home working policy open to most staff and fee-earners across UK offices.

Berwin Leighton Paisner: Agile working policies that currently vary by office.

BLM: Has introduced flexible working for staff in its London office

Clifford Chance: London managing partner David Bickerton is encouraging partners to work from home when possible.

DAC Beachcroft: Has made Leeds an ‘agile office’ where all lawyers hot-desk.

Dentons: UK partners, associates and legal executives are permitted to work from home one day a week on an informal basis.

DWF: Has various agile working policies.

Foot Anstey: Piloting a ‘warm-desking’ policy for 12 months.

Herbert Smith Freehills: Lawyers can work from home one day a week.

Macfarlanes: All lawyers will be able work from home for one day per fortnight from August 2016.

Mayer Brown: Piloting agile working in its construction department, with management to report on the results of the trial to the partnership in July.

Mishcon de Reya: Managing partner Kevin Gold has told his lawyers they can work as many or as few days as they want.

Nabarro: Fee earners can work from home one day a week.

Olswang: Will offer agile working to all staff by 2017.

Schillings: Offering voluntary agile working to lawyers and staff (with the exception of paralegals, legal secretaries and client services staff) and suggests employees should come in two days per week

Shearman & Sterling: Has informal policy but reviewing its thinking on agile working for London lawyers after it introduced a policy to allow its US-based associates to work from home two days a month.

Slaughter and May: Trialled flexible working scheme in March 2016 that allowed associates and partners to work from home one day per fortnight.

Wedlake Bell: ‘Experimenting’ with agile working.

White & Case: Agile working policy encourages staff to work remotely on an ad hoc basis, while a flexible working programme allows staff to have regular arrangements to work from home.