'Soon...soon we'll be together again.'
Hogan Lovells’ long-term plan for a return to the office in the UK will see staff working on-site for a minimum of three days a week. However, trainees will be expected to come in to the office for at least four days a week.
The firm foresees the majority of its people returning to the office in mid-September, for at least 60% of the working week (although the Epsilon variant might disagree).
Announcing the plans, Hogan Lovells said it believed there were considerable benefits to office-based working, such as collaboration, fostering a spirit of teamwork, knowledge sharing, and training, "which are fundamental to our ability to do our best work and deliver great results for our clients".
The learning benefits of face-to-face interactions meant Hogan Lovells' trainees will be expected to appear in person for 80% of the time, when it's safe to do so.
"Given the nature of the trainee role, we believe that it is beneficial for the trainee population to attend the office more frequently", explained Crispin Rapinet, Hogan Lovells' Training Principal.
"The training contract is a short period of time - just six months in each of four seats - when trainees are busy learning all the time in person and through osmosis", he said. "It is therefore really important that they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities and the support on offer. As such, we would not expect our trainees to work remotely for more than one day per week”.
A poll of over 2,500 law firm staff conducted by RollOnFriday last June found that 55% of lawyers and business services staff only wanted to come in for a maximum of two days a week when the pandemic was over, while a separate poll found that 54% of respondents would consider leaving their firm if it prevented them from working from home for most of the week.
But it's been a long 12 months since then, and perhaps the novelty of only having irl meetings with an urban fox has worn off. Or has it? POLLLLL!