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First law firm to publicly mandate vaccine policy in UK office

Morrison & Foerster is making Covid vaccines mandatory for the London office.

From 13 September, MoFo is requiring lawyers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of their return to the office. Those not fully vaccinated will continue to work remotely.

They will also be required to wear a mask in common areas and to socially distance.

“The health and safety of our people remains the firm’s top priority,” a firm spokesperson said. “We are continuing to take advice from the firm’s consultant epidemiologist as we get closer to our London reopening date, which is set for Monday, 13 September.”

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MoFo is adopting a phased office return, with lawyers, including trainees, expected to work from the London office on one day per week from 13 September. This will be in addition to any other day(s) they choose to spend in the office.

From 18 October, the firm expects to increase office attendance to two days per week, subject to an ongoing review of its working plans.

Non-lawyer attendance in the London office will be determined according to business needs, the spokesperson said, with the firm providing “flexibility to work remotely as we are able to”.

MoFo is the first law firm to publicly mandate a vaccine policy for its London office. Several law firms in the US, however, have already put vax plans in place, requiring lawyers and staff to be vaccinated before returning to work in-person. Clifford Chance, Debevoise & Plimpton, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith are some of the big name firms reported to have adopted this strategy, with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Ropes & Gray going a step further and deactivating the office ID cards of unvaccinated employees, reports claim.

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13 Comments

Aldous Orwell

Welcome to Hell

Anon

Why anyone would get vaccinated is beyond me

harRY

its de evIL gubbermint ! ! !

99% of sane people

Yeah, tell that to people who have been in ICU with covid, cretin!

Anon

I don’t want microchips in my arm that can control me. My firm does that already. No thanks

Chester Uni Law Finalist

Why anyone would work at MoFo is beyond me

Nice-2-Know

Elite international firm. One of the most prestigious West Coast shops, with a top-tier Capital Markets practice (among other qualities)… seriously, comments like these are nonsense.

Stacey's Mum

For the Mos. Obvs.

FOMO

Probably for the Fos more than the Mos really

NQ $$$

They now pay full Cravath scale rates in London. So I can think of 147,000 reasons why an NQ would work there…

Barry T

Absolutely disgusting. Vaccines should be entirely voluntary. There is no need for this sort of policy. Vaccinated people still spread covid. Will they mandate flu jabs in this way?

A

If flu becomes 4 times more infectious and 100 times more likely to hospitalise you, keep you off work for three months or kill you, then yes. Then flu would be like covid. Only idiots who get their health info from Facebook compare the two.

Jasper

Well “A”, why don’t you share the sources of your precise information? And then someone else can come along with info from other “experts” to refute it. There are frequent flu deaths, by the way.

Covid has been bad but the first principle of crisis management is “do not panic”. The world has panicked (except Sweden). The media loves it. Feel free to stay indoors, to isolate, to cover your face (including your eyes). How long are you willing to hold out?

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