Bakers lawyers and staff given option to work remotely up to three days a week

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Varied start and finish times too

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has laid out its post-pandemic working plans for UK lawyers and staff.

Bakers is adopting a ‘2-2-1′ approach that will see employees work from the office for two days a week, two from home, and one from either location. This pattern could change in accordance to clients’ needs, according to the firm.

The fresh approach, dubbed BAgile, will also enable lawyers to vary their start and finish times.

Katherine Hallam, Baker McKenzie’s head of talent management, commented: “We’re feeling very confident that this policy strikes the right balance between accommodating personal and client needs. Overall, we are taking an open minded approach to agile and remote working, which is focused more on output and less on physical location.”

The firm says the new policy will not take effect until its London HQ fully reopens, which is expected to be September at the earliest.

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A raft of law firms have gone public with new flexible working polices in recent months. Magic circle trio Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Linklaters have all given the thumbs up for lawyers and staff to work away from their desks for up to 50% of the time, while Slaughter and May will permit lawyers to work remotely for 40% of the time, with a 20% option for rookies.

Other outfits to take a similar approach include Dechert, Eversheds Sutherland, Gowling WLG, Irwin Mitchell and Simmons & Simmons.

But some firms have taken a slightly more hard-line approach on office returns. For example, US outfit Paul Hastings told lawyers and staff, including those in London, that “by default”, they should work from the office. This takes effect from 7 September.

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Seems genuinely sensible, provided you don’t get scabs coming in 5 days a week trying to snake their peers.


Dun Elm

I will absolutely be doing that. There is no way Daddy is letting me use the City pied-à-terre for me to not turn up 5 days a week. Easy way to get an advantage over all those renting in zones 5 and 6.


Legal Weak

Love it when Legal Cheek still has Baker McKenzie tagged as Baker & McKenzie. Quality site, lads. You’re about 5 years behind on branding.



how do you pronounce this nightmare of a moniker

be agile?



It sounds like a topical cream



When will cms announce their WFH policy?


Meme Firm

Whenever they feel like trying to become relevant again.



So never.


Disgruntled BM Associate

Partners make staff work MC/US firm hours but pay nowhere remotely close – COVID bonuses are non existent and suspect same applies for salary reviews this year.

But that’s alright, because we have the BAgile policy!!!!!


Crab in a bucket

You aren’t working anywhere near US firm hours.



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