Interim measure contains trainees

Freshfields joins a current swathe of regulation corporations permitting their attorneys and employees to work remotely for as much as half the time.

The magic circle agency yesterday introduced a brand new agile working coverage for attorneys, together with trainees, and enterprise professionals to make money working from home for as much as 50% of their time offered that any preparations take account of shopper and enterprise commitments.

The coverage comes into impact when authorities restrictions on office-based work have been lifted, and is an interim measure recognising that preferences might evolve as workplaces re-open. It applies within the agency’s London and Manchester workplaces.

Claire Wills, London managing associate, stated: “Our steerage follows suggestions from colleagues who signalled a transparent choice for extra flexibility but additionally recognises the significance of in-person interplay to our tradition, private improvement and shopper engagement.”

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Olivia Balson, director of Freshfields’ world centre, positioned in Manchester, added: “We nonetheless see the workplace location for the International Centre in Manchester as holding an vital position in our connections, our collaboration, improvement and innovation. On the identical time, we strongly imagine within the worth of a steadiness between distant and office-based working.”

Freshies is the most recent regulation agency to supply employees a steadiness between distant and office-based working. Magic circle rival Linklaters confirmed in the summer that attorneys and employees can work remotely for as much as 20-50% of the time as a part of a brand new long-term world coverage. Different regulation corporations to implement related hybrid work insurance policies embody Norton Rose Fulbright, Taylor Wessing, Herbert Smith Freehills and Squire Patton Boggs.

Freshfields just lately re-located its London headquarters to 100 Bishopsgate, a brand new skyscraper within the Sq. Mile.

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