Flexible Working for Lawyers: How Far Can you Flex?

Flexible Working for Lawyers: How Far Can you Flex?

A growing cohort of law firms have introduced formal agile working policies since legislation was introduced in 2014 extending the right to request flexible working to all employees in 2014. Many of us are aware that we have a legal right to request flexible working and that our employer has a legal obligation not only to answer but to also provide a valid reason if they cannot say yes. Moreover, it is becoming more and more acceptable for lawyers to be given flexible working opportunities in law firms. 

On National Work From Home Day (19 May 2017) which is part of the Work Wise Week to promote modern “smarter” working practices such as agile, flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home, we are publishing two posts examining flexible working for lawyers and top tips and tools to make the move to flexible working smoother. 

Our first post is by Beyzade Beyzade who works as a Senior Associate Solicitor (also a qualified barrister) at The London Law Practice, a virtual law firm that fully embraces the virtues of flexible working. He gives his top tips and examines some of the best practices across the legal sector.

Planning for working remotely

We’ve got all types of remote working preferences here at The London Law Practice which is an entirely remote workforce. Working remotely, though, isn’t all laptop-on-a-beach-in-Hawaii. It takes planning and thoughtfulness. We have to look at ways of making things work like a well-oiled machine, especially in terms of communications, because you can’t just rely on that quick question face to face time with your colleagues or secretary. It is up to you to keep on top of who is available, everyone's schedules, Wi-Fi strength, time-zones, and more in mind, eventually hitting an optimal team productivity level.

If you’re itching to join the remote workforce (currently estimated at 3.7 million and expected to rise exponentially over the next few years), you’ll need to make sure you have the tools for everything from

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