On his days wfh, John still tried to replicate the public transport commute
Clifford Chance has announced that its staff can work remotely for 50% of their time, after lockdown restrictions are eased.
A Clifford Chance spokesman said the firm "will expect everyone to work from the office for a minimum of 50% of their time" which will provide "the opportunity" for staff "to work remotely for up to 50% of their time, where the role allows it."
CC joins fellow Magic Circle firms Linklaters and Freshfields in permitting staff to split their time 50/50 between the office and home. Allen & Overy announced that staff can work remotely for 40% of their time.
"In listening to feedback from our people and considering how to support high performance, productivity and wellbeing, we believe we should work in a more agile and flexible way than we have historically," said Clifford Chance's UK Managing Partner, Michael Bates. "We are therefore looking to establish an approach that will balance flexibility with the collaboration, teamwork, creativity, training, development and other benefits we gain from spending time in our office environment."
While other City firms have also offered staff a 50/50 split between the office and home, DAC Beachcroft and Irwin Mitchell have gone further and given staff the power to decide where, when and how they work. Such an uber-flexible model has been a success at Keystone Law, which was crowned RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2021. Built on principles of remote working and work-when-you-like, Keystone's unorthodox structure has appeared designed for a Covid-afflicted landscape.
The forced absence from the office has permanently broken many people's tether to the office. And firms that don't adapt their policies to allow flexibility, may find some of their employees staying away from the office for good: a RollOnFriday survey revealed that over 50% of lawyers would swap firms if they couldn't work from home.