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DLA Piper is thanking staff for their hard work during the pandemic by offering them an extra week of pay or holiday.
Fee earners and business services staff at the firm can choose between the bonus week of pay or holiday, which is in addition to other pay reviews and bonus awards.
“Throughout the pandemic our people have been exceptional," said Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO at DLA Piper. "Their fortitude, supportiveness and collaboration with colleagues, clients and our communities has been remarkable. The extra week’s pay or holiday is just one small way of us saying thank you to them for everything they have achieved in such a challenging year.”
Hogan Lovells is taking a regional approach to its Covid bonuses. Across EMEA and Asia-Pacific the firm will give all its business services staff and lawyers (except partners) a one-off discretionary payment of 5% of their salary, in addition to its usual pay and bonus reviews.
“As we continue to operate under very challenging conditions, we want to thank our people for their hard work and dedication in delivering for our clients during these difficult times," said CEO Miguel Zaldivar. "This has been an extraordinary time and everyone across the firm has pulled together to help us deliver a strong business performance. This has enabled us to be able to acknowledge their hard work and commitment.”
In Mexico and Brazil, HogLove business services staff will also receive an additional discretionary bonus of 5% of their salary. And lawyers (other than partners) will receive an extra bonus of 5% of their salary - although it will be based on performance and a minimum hours requirement.
In the US, HogLove is structuring the bonuses differently, as it is awarding a range of bonuses to lawyers depending on their performance, seniority and a reduced minimum hours requirement of 1,850. Business services staff in the US will receive an additional Covid bonus of $1,000 gross.
Walker Morris is thanking staff for their work during the pandemic, by giving them an extra bonus of £1,000.
"This has been a difficult year and we are proud of the contribution that all our employees have made, both individually and working collaboratively within their teams," said Malcolm Simpson from Walker Morris. "Despite the significant challenges, with our employees' help, we have come through this crisis a stronger, more resilient business. We have learned and adapted and we will all benefit from our new, more flexible ways of working."
The PR team at Walker Morris has been busy earning their extra grand this week, as the firm has also cropped up in another news story.
Other firms to offer Covid bonuses include A&O, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters dishing out a bonus of 5% of salary, while Addleshaw Goddard is paying a £1,500 bonus, and Ashurst is gifting £1,000 to its staff.