"Yeah, adjusted back to life in the office"
Eversheds Sutherland has announced that its staff will be allowed to work remotely for 40% to 60% of their time.
The firm is the latest to announce its long-term wfh policy, which is set to take effect from 13 September.
An Eversheds Sutherland spokeswoman told RollOnFriday that "a typical week for most roles will be 2-3 days a week working in the office with the rest spent working remotely." She added that: "we are not being prescriptive as we know our people will work together to agree a sensible approach on a week by week basis," which would be "driven by client and team need as well as the individual’s needs."
The firm said that staff would be required to attend at least one "team day" each week in the office "to promote face to face connectivity".
“We have all welcomed the increased flexibility of remote working in recent times, but we also appreciate the benefits of the office environment," said Keith Froud, Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland, adding that a hybrid model of "blended working - is the right approach for our people, our clients and the business."
“We have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to this, seeking feedback from across the firm, at all levels and from all roles," said Froud. "We have also spoken to clients about their anticipated needs."
Many City firms, such as Norton Rose Fulbright and Gowling WLG, have opted for a 50/50 split between the office and home. For the Magic Circle firms, Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Freshfields announced that staff can split their time 50/50 between the office and home. While Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy will allow their employees to wfh for 40% of the time.
A firm's long-term policy on wfh could have an impact on whether they keep hold or attract new staff - a RollOnFriday revealed that over 50% of lawyers would swap firms if they couldn't work from home.