Linklaters adopts global agile working policy

Global law firm Linklaters adopts a new agile working policy to build on remote working experiences since the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Law firm Linklaters has adopted a new global agile working policy, with a focus on remote working.

Under the policy staff will be able to work for up to 20-50% of their time, as long it is communicated to teams in advance and operational roles are fulfilled. The policy builds on the firm’s experiences of remote working in lockdown.

Linklaters says it is also further encouraging conversations across the firm on what agility individuals might want as they return or consider returning to the office, including flexible start and finish times; modified daily ‘core’ hours; and modified hours to allow for commitments outside of work.

The aim of the policy is to ensure greater consistency in agile working across its offices and allows for local flexibility, with partners, business team leaders and HR managers implementing the policy within local offices’ existing agile working plans.

Andrea Arosio, Managing Partner of Linklaters in Italy and member of Linklaters’ Global People Committee, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and our enforced remote working experiment has given us an opportunity to take stock and revisit how we approach agile and remote working. Our recent experience has demonstrated that, whilst we are a people-focussed business and collaboration is key, remote working has worked remarkably well and we can deliver high quality work whilst working remotely. Conversely, it has also reinforced the huge benefits we and our clients obtain from face to face interaction and the value of our offices as hubs of teamwork and learning and this policy does not detract from that.

Being agile is essential to our business, meeting the needs of our people and our clients. We are committed to fostering our agile culture which encourages our people develop working arrangements which suit their needs along with those of the firm and our clients.”

The law firm has also recently launched a policy to help employees who have been victims of domestic violence.



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