Agile Working and Flexibility
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes a recognition that our lawyers have responsibilities and interests outside the firm and that they may need flexibility to integrate their work life and personal life.
We emphasize flexibility as a component of the workplace of the future. With flexible work arrangements as an integral part of our business strategy, we are better able to attract and retain the best lawyers, maintain long-term relationships with clients, reduce attrition and cost, and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive profession.
Flexible work solutions are individually tailored arrangements designed to accommodate the interests of the lawyer and meet the needs of the firm and its clients, and include reduced-hours schedules, ramp-up schedules and full-time flexible work arrangements.
- 9 percent of our lawyers work a reduced-hours schedule; the national average is 6 percent
- 11 percent of US lawyers announced in our 2014 class of partner promotions were working a reduced-hours schedule when they became partners.
Recent news reports indicate that Asia’s law firms are increasingly offering flexible working arrangements such as adjustable working hours and options to work from home. And in Australia, where a recent poll of 1,500 professionals from Australia and New Zealand found that 40 percent of job seekers will turn down a role that does not meet their flexible working needs, flexible work has been described as the legal industry's "new normal." As in other regions of the firm, we are keen to promote ways for our lawyers to maintain an agile approach to work/life balance.
We recently increased parental and paternity leave provisions in our Australian offices.
Throughout Australia we also offer remote working training and resources as part of our Flexibility toolkit.
Our award-winning approach to flexible working and encouraging women to succeed as leaders within our firm in the Ukraine has led to women representing 75 percent of the local partnership.