DAC Beachcroft lawyers can choose where and what hours they work

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‘The future of work is changing and so must we,’ says firm’s managing partner

Lawyers at DAC Beachcroft (DACB) will soon be able to choose where and what hours they work, the firm has announced.

From 21 June, DACB is letting all lawyers and staff work from the office, from home or a mix of the two, and will allow them to select the times they work across the day and week, as part of a new agile working policy dubbed ‘Flex Forward’.

“We have worked in an agile way for a long time, but our experiences over the last year have demonstrated that we can do more,” said DACB managing partner David Pollitt. “The future of work is changing and so must we.”

Pollitt continued:

“This step change we are introducing is not just about where people are working, but when and how. We trust our colleagues to find their own balance and we want them to have the flexibility to design a life that works for them. If someone wants to start work early, carve out an hour to go to the gym and another hour to do the school pick-up, all while working from home, Flex Forward supports that.”

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The firm will also introduce new guidance and policies to facilitate the new initiative, including on how and where meetings take place, “mindful travel”, IT and other equipment for use outside the office, and health and safety guidance for those working from home.

DACB, which has 11 offices in the UK and Ireland, including its headquarters located in the Square Mile’s Walbrook Building, is also looking at how its offices will need to change to support new working patterns.

DACB is the latest law firm to rethink its flexible working arrangements for the post-pandemic world. A number of firms, including members of the magic circle, are letting their lawyers and staff work from home for up to half of the time. This could mean, in practice, that they spend around two to three days in the office and the rest working remotely. In other instances we’ve seen national law firms decide to shutter some of their offices and move all lawyers and staff working there to permanent remote-working.

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When you begged your law firm to introduce WFH full time and get replaced by someone from another city who cost 40% less than you… then what happens?



This is exactly why London law firms are so eager to get back in the office.

Imagine top London law firms paying their lawyers six figures to work from home in Milton Keynes or Bedford where the cost of living is cheap and they get to pocket over 50k in savings each year…



If you still have to live in Milton Keynes or Bedford?

Or is that just the sort of unimaginative person who works in City law?



Yeah mate this might be true but but…Bradford? *shudders*



Bedford is not the same as Bradford
In the same way that Hereford is not the same as Hertford


Lahn Dahn

Bedford might as well be Bradford as far as I am concerned.

SW Boy

I’d need to pocket a awful lot more than 50k to live in Milton Keynes or Bedford.


Kick out the Jams

As long as you’re doing the same work to the same standard (and can get to the office when required for meetings etc.), surely you should get the same wage? Imagine putting in London hours on a Manchester salary!


Get real

Most lawyers at the big Manchester law offices (Pinsents, SPB, DLA etc. )actually do put in London hours. When a deal is flying, all hands are on the pump, for a princely NQ wedge of £45k.


Optimist Eternal

Bonkers. If nothing else then one would hope a shift away from London being the centre of the universe might see a balancing of wages across the regions (and maybe a chance to get on the housing ladder for those in London that stay, due to a fall in demand).


I’m 3PQE at the Manchester office of a large national commercial firm. While there are busy periods, it’s certainly not London hours. In fact it’s nowhere close. It would indeed be bonkers to be working City hours for Manchester wages, and if you are genuinely doing that I’d suggest you either move firm or move cities!

Daniel W

WFH only works when everyone is working from home.

When you give the option of choosing hours and where to work from, your colleagues who choose to work in the office will be able to get ahead and progress their careers much quicker than those WFH.

It then becomes a competitive environment where people will be choosing to come in to look better than the ones working from home.

I’m speaking from experience as I have witnessed this happen


Archibald Pomp O'City

“I’m speAkiNg from expErienCe as I have witnesseD this happen”

And yOur sample of one is clearly an authoriTative representAtion of the entire Legal universe!


Work at a magic circle firm

I see this too – once the world reopens I think this attitude towards WFH will change.

This is my plan – Monday – Wednesday are definite office days. Thursday il be in if it’s busy and maybe WFH on Fridays – but the second partners stop seeing your face everyday people will slip down. It’s going to happen.



I want to see billable hours more than faces. Much more. So if you stay at home and nail more than 2000 hours, that’s better than getting into the office and only doing 1500.



that’s a really fuzzy keeety in the picture! 🐱🐱



You think this is an appropriate comment for legal cheek? Do you, eh? You’ve not poked fun at the magic or silver circle, the gender pay gap, diversity schemes, or Durham University. Vile. Sort it out.


Cat Whisperer

The cat has turned its back on its owner in disgust after learning she was a Durham graduate. It all makes sense to her now, the dull social life, the pallid silver circle work, the small third floor flat. As a house cat, she is looking longingly out at the garden of Magic Circle partner across the road, dreaming of the space to roam his public school privilege delivered.



I’m actually relieved to read that the company are thinking of their employed for once. I was let go during due to personal circumstances which had arisen because of the pandemic. Dog eat dog firm.


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