Workplace will stay ‘extremely vital’ for tradition and private growth, says magic circle agency

Allen & Overy anticipates its legal professionals and employees will work remotely for round 40% of the time as soon as the pandemic has handed.

The magic circle regulation agency is the most recent to rethink its remote-working preparations after Freshfields announced this week it’s to herald a brand new coverage permitting legal professionals and employees to do business from home for as much as 50% of the time.

A&O stated it can proceed with remote-working as soon as lockdown restrictions have lifted and expects round 60% of labor can be executed from the workplace sooner or later.

A spokesperson for the agency stated: “Over the course of the final 12 months we’ve got confirmed the flexibility for many of us to work efficiently from house, and we’ll proceed to assist our folks to work flexibly on an ongoing foundation.”

They continued:

“As we transfer ahead we consider that the workplace will stay extremely vital by way of preserving our tradition and neighborhood and in offering an area for private growth.”

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Linklaters is the one different magic circle member to publicly reveal its post-COVID work plans. The agency confirmed in the summer that legal professionals and employees can work remotely for as much as 20-50% of the time as a part of a brand new long-term international coverage. Different Metropolis regulation corporations have launched related hybrid work insurance policies.

As regulation corporations across the globe put together to re-open their workplaces, some of our trainee and junior lawyer readers have expressed fears {that a} “two-tiered” occupation could emerge: on the one hand are legal professionals that select to work within the workplace and on the opposite, those that select to do business from home.

“For me the problem is just not whether or not you permit versatile working (that ship has sailed, it’s taking place) however the way you handle a crew or agency that’s break up between the workplace and residential,” wrote one nameless commenter. “It may be very difficult to make sure the members of the crew who WFH really feel equally included.”

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