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Eversheds Sutherland launches blended working approach

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  • United Kingdom

    01-06-2021

    The best of both worlds

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) has introduced a hybrid working model for its 10 UK offices, with the expectation that, from 13 September 2021, the majority of its people will attend the office on two to three days each week (including at least one “team day”), with the remainder of the week spent working remotely.

    Keith Froud, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International) commented:

    “Even before the changes seen in the last 15 months, our strategy as a firm has been to devise a market-leading future of work programme to support and develop the workforce of the future. We have all welcomed the increased flexibility of remote working in recent times, but we also appreciate the benefits of the office environment, and as we look to the future a hybrid working model - which we are calling blended working - is the right approach for our people, our clients and the business.

    “We have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to this, seeking feedback from across the firm, at all levels and from all roles. We have also spoken to clients about their anticipated needs.

    “We believe that two to three days each week is the right balance, and this will include at least one “team day” where most if not all of a team will attend to promote face to face connectivity.

    “We will phase in the new approach across the summer, with blended working becoming the norm in September, when we will focus on using in-office attendance to maximise the benefits of collaboration, innovation, learning and development (particularly for junior colleagues) and maintaining our culture generally.

    “We are excited by the opportunities which blended working will bring, and believe that this approach will encapsulate the best of both working environments.”

    A practical approach

    Eversheds Sutherland will move to its blended working approach in three stages, all subject to current government guidance at the time:

    • From now until 21 June - attendance at the firm’s UK offices remains voluntary, by reference to certain criteria and at up to 30% capacity per office each day
    • From 21 June – 12 September - attendance at the firm’s UK offices remains optional although, as the restrictions relax further, people will be able to take the opportunity to spend more time working in the office and experiencing a hybrid working approach, ahead of the launch of blended working
    • From 13 September – Eversheds Sutherland moves to blended working in the UK, where the firm expects people to spend two to three days in the office each week

    The firm will be making further announcements with regards to the approach to the future of work in other jurisdictions in due course.  

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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