Partners Still Concerned About Hybrid Work: The Morning Minute

USED ​​FOMO – It’s a sure sign that summer is coming to an end when passionate defenses of a law firm‘s clerical work begin to wave through the trees. As Habiba Cullen-Jafar of Law.com International reports, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s decision to increase the expected number of working days for its attorneys in the office has reignited the hybrid working debate across the legal industry. The move brings Freshfields to the more conservative end of the UK’s Big Law policy, but some positions are hardening towards more office time. And many partners across the market are sympathetic to Freshfields’ move, concerned that lawyers at the bottom end of the scale aren’t getting the attention they need to prepare them for their upcoming careers. Siobhan Lewington, chief executive of legal recruitment agency Fox Rodney, said she’s heard this often from other lawyers. “Partners constantly talk about concerns that employees aren’t getting the right exposure and experience,” she said. “They miss important interactions and want to address that issue by encouraging people to be in the office more.”


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