Linklaters enhances UK flexible working policy

Linklaters has updated its UK Flexible Working policy to align with the firm’s agile working approach.

Key changes to the formal flexible working policy mean that any employee can request a formal flexible working arrangement, no matter how long they have been employed by the firm, and they will not be asked to explain the reasons for their request. This update goes over and above the statutory requirements of having been employed for 26 weeks to be eligible to make a request. 

Although formal flexible working arrangements, including job-sharing, part-time working, condensed hours and remote working are already adopted by many lawyers and business services teams at Linklaters, this update to the UK policy is part of the firm’s efforts to remove any stereotyping or challenges that may exist around who can work flexibly and the structures in place.

Nick Porter, partner and Chair of London People Committee at Linklaters, said:

“We believe that agile working is for everyone and that the right to request formal flexible working should be open to all. Looking at how it can work rather than why ensures we continue the journey of shifting mindsets about working flexibly and the reasons for doing so.

While we are pleased with the direction of our flexible working offering in the UK, we recognise the needs of our people are continuously evolving and so as a business, we will commit to regularly checking in and ensuring that what we have in place still works. There isn’t a one size fits all model and people across our offices are finding the right flexibility for their roles and life. More importantly, we know that helping people to reach their life and work goals makes them happier, healthier and more motivated.”

In addition to updating the UK flexible working policies, Linklaters also launched an agile working toolkit earlier this year to create an agile culture and encourage individuals to work together to find working arrangements which suit the needs of employees, the team, the firm and clients. The toolkit includes stories of agile working experiences, such as partners working part time and remote working examples, highlighting the benefits and logistics of their arrangement. It also includes a range of tools and technology tips to help people make it work.