London law firm Schillings now taking the concept of flexible working to new levels, and following in the footsteps of Mishcon de Reya, by telling its lawyers they only need to come into the office two days a week. ​
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Is ‘ultra’ agile working about to sweep across London?

Posted by: Laurence Simons 01/09/16
We’ve spoken about the growing trend of agile working in recent years, although until relatively recently few firms have been fully committed to agile working policies. That could all be set to change however with London law firm Schillings now taking the concept of flexible working to new levels, and following in the footsteps of Mishcon de Reya, by telling its lawyers they only need to come into the office two days a week.

The firm will eliminate fixed desks and introduce a desk-booking system that enables lawyers to identify a desk that they want to work at for a particular day or week. Schillings partner and COO, Christopher Mills, said that the key aim of the scheme was to improve collaboration between the firm’s various teams, which includes cyber security and intelligence as well as legal. The greater integration of these teams will no doubt be beneficial, with many commentators in the legal profession calling for better communication between solicitors themselves and cyber security teams in order to prevent potentially calamitous data breaches.

Schillings’ announcement comes at a time when a number of firms are introducing ever more ‘agile’ schemes, Herbert Smith Freehills allows lawyers to work from home one day a week, Kevin Gold Mishcon de Reya’s managing partner told lawyers they can work as many or as few days a week as they want, while Macfarlanes allows all lawyers to work from home one day a week.

Mills also highlighted retention and recruitment as a key driver behind the move, with millennials increasingly looking for holistic pay packages and benefits other than cash compensation. While the benefits for lawyers themselves are clear, firms will likely find that agile working policies will help them to attract and retain the top talent.
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