It is great to hear that a number of established law firms in the City are exploring agile working and piloting schemes for fairer work allocation for associates. This is definitely a positive and, dare we say, necessary step to promote the inclusion of all employees.
In an increasingly fast-paced world, where individuals are juggling all aspects of their lives, businesses should be considering operating methods to accommodate their employees' busy lives, whilst ensuring efficiency and business growth.
Reed Smith is discussing ways to improve its London workspace, including introducing new agile working policies and overhauling its work allocation system. The US firm is looking to introduce new policies to its London office later this month following consultation with partners and business services heads at the end of last year. The priority is to make how lawyers and staff in its City office more consistent, with some practice areas already making headway in terms of hot-desking initiatives and agile working. In addition to finalising its hot-desking and agile working policies, Reed Smith is also expected to launch a work allocation pilot. Fairer work allocation for associates is an area that has already been explored by a number of firms including Ashurst and CMS Cameron McKenna.