Benchmark set for post-pandemic operations

Herbert Smith Freehills’ London workplace

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has turn out to be the most recent Metropolis legislation agency to replace its agile working coverage in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with legal professionals and help employees now excepted to work within the workplace for a mean of 60% of their working time.

The worldwide agency mentioned the 60% benchmark applies to companions, legal professionals and enterprise companies roles, together with PAs, and will be adjusted to go well with every particular person, group and state of affairs.

By the use of instance, some legal professionals could come to workplace for “important phases of group tasks”, the agency mentioned, “however then spend extra time working from house in the course of the weeks that observe”.

Commenting on the coverage replace, the agency’s CEO, Justin D’Agostino, mentioned: “Regardless of the strain and worries of the pandemic, we all know that a lot of our individuals have tremendously valued the flexibleness of how, the place and after we work, gaining extra time for his or her households, well being and different commitments.”

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He continued:

“We additionally recognise that the workplace will stay an essential place for connection, collaboration and studying, with shoppers and with one another. By setting this benchmark for post-pandemic operations, we hope to offer our individuals the flexibleness to design a working sample that fits them, their colleagues and our shoppers, and to supply some certainty in unsure instances.”

The 60% benchmark will solely apply as soon as the agency’s London workplace is bodily open and operational, and social distancing guidelines have been relaxed or eliminated.

Magic circle participant Linklaters launched a similar policy last month, telling legal professionals and employees they may now have the chance to work remotely for as much as 20-50% of their time. Equally, Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) introduced just lately it was abolishing “core hours” so it will possibly supply legal professionals and employees higher flexibility with begin and end instances.