Travers Smith to pay lawyers bonuses if it wrecks their lives
28 June 2013
is to pay lawyers bonuses if it makes them work at unholy times.
The firm has confirmed that any qualified lawyer who suffers "excessive disruption"
to their personal lives will, from 1 July, be eligible for a bonus. The new scheme is in addition to bonuses awarded for exceeding annual billable hours targets. Managing partner Andrew Lilley said the scheme was being introduced because lawyers “might be more miserable than
we would want them to be
Travers says it will not define "excessive disruption
" because of the variety of ways it could be caused. But frequent late nights, weekend work and excessive travel abroad were given as examples. Nor is the firm fixing a formula for calculating compensation. Instead, bonuses will be considered on a case by case basis.
||"Jenkins worked well. Give her family a fiver."
Lawyers working for shiny-eyed partners who think working Sundays comes with the territory will, sadly, miss out, since it's up to supervising partners to decide who deserves a bonus. But it could be good news for everyone else, from the insolvency lawyer who's been in the office for so long their kids call them The Voice, to the real estate lawyer who
had to stay until 7.30pm that one time.