updated on 11 June 2021
Magic circle firm Slaughter and May has revealed that its trainees will be permitted to work from home one day a week, meaning 80% of their time will be spent in the office and 20% will be remote working.
Other members of staff in the London and Brussels office are eligible to work from home for up to 40% of the time, under the new policy. The firm has confirmed that employees can choose the days on which they work in the office and this will be flexible each week.
Paul Stacey, the firm’s executive partner, said: “After listening carefully to views from across the firm and from our clients, we are confident that this approach properly balances the interests of our people and delivery of the highest levels of client service.”
Other firms are introducing hybrid working policies in light of covid-19, including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters – staff at these firms are set to be able to work from home for up to 50% of the time once restrictions have eased. Meanwhile, DAC Beachcroft has moved permanently away from compulsory office attendance, Slater & Gordon moved out of its office in September 2020 and Allen & Overy revealed that it will “considerably” reduce its office space in the future.