Both offer 40% remote option
Hogan Lovells says it anticipates the “majority” of its UK lawyers and staff to spend at least 60% of the working week in the office by mid-September 2021, subject to the government’s roadmap and guidance.
The firm expects its trainees to be at their desks at least four days a week, with training principal Crispin Rapinet telling Legal Cheek:
“Given the nature of the trainee role, we believe that it is beneficial for the trainee population to attend the office more frequently. The training contract is a short period of time — just six months in each of four seats — when trainees are busy learning all the time in person and through osmosis. It is therefore really important that they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities and the support on offer.”
Meanwhile, Macfarlanes will permit all lawyers and staff to work from home two days a week “subject to individual circumstances”. For some roles, the firm added, “there will be limits to what agile working options are practical and specific arrangements are in place for those roles”.
A host of law firms have gone public with new flexible working polices in recent months.