Nationwide regulation agency shutters in Stoke-on-Trent; provides attorneys choice to work from workplaces in Birmingham, Manchester or Derby
Nationwide regulation agency Freeths is closing its workplace in Stoke and transferring all attorneys and workers based mostly there to everlasting remote-working.
The transfer follows a assessment of its workplace portfolio and the retirement of Stoke workplace managing accomplice, Peter Gavin, final 12 months.
The closure means Freeths now has 12 workplaces situated throughout the UK. Employees based mostly in Stoke will be capable to nominally choose one of many agency’s Birmingham, Manchester or Derby workplaces as their base location.
Freeths just lately moved into its new look Derby outpost, which is “particularly designed to accommodate an environment friendly agile working setting”, and is transferring to new premises in Oxford in the summertime.
Freeths nationwide managing accomplice Karl Jansen mentioned in an announcement: “The pandemic has confirmed we are able to nonetheless provide glorious and instant service, whereas working remotely, and our attorneys are having fun with the advantages of a extra versatile working setting.”
“Transferring to a extra trendy and progressive workplace platform will guarantee advantages for each purchasers and our folks, which is why we really feel you will need to transfer ahead and proceed to embrace all the advantages which expertise gives.”
The success of the nice ‘earn a living from home’ experiment has led many law firms to rethink their office space. It’s probably the remote-working practices adopted within the wake of the coronavirus and lockdowns which adopted, will proceed in some kind as soon as restrictions are lifted in June on the earliest.
Last summer it was reported that Dentons had closed two of its UK workplaces, in Aberdeen and Watford, and moved workers, together with 5 trainees situated throughout each workplaces, to everlasting remote-working.
In the meantime, Slater and Gordon shuttered its London office in September. The 200 staff previously based mostly there now work remotely, however the agency mentioned on the time it hopes to discover a smaller workplace house to host in-person conferences.