Camerons and Travers introduce sabbaticals

CMS Cameron McKenna has put its entire corporate department on a rolling ­sabbatical programme, while corporate specialist Travers Smith has launched a ­sabbatical scheme for staff in its corporate and real estate departments.

CMS Cameron McKenna has put its entire corporate department on a rolling ­sabbatical programme, while corporate specialist Travers Smith has launched a ­sabbatical scheme for staff in its corporate and real estate departments.

The Camerons scheme is aimed at cutting back the firm’s wage bill over what looks set to be a quiet summer in the M&A market.

Under its new flexible working scheme, which was approved last month, all lawyers apart from partners will take a six-week break, with four weeks on 30 per cent pay and two weeks unpaid.

The programme will be staggered so that there are corporate associates working throughout the period.

Those at Travers opting for sabbaticals can take off a period of up to two months on 20 per cent of salary.

Travers managing ­partner Chris Carroll described the move as a “one-off offer”. Fourteen members of staff, including lawyers, have accepted.

As reported by The Lawyer (2 April), Norton Rose triggered its own ­flexible working initiative at the start of its financial year, leading to sabbaticals in the corporate, shipping, banking and dispute resolution teams.

The firm’s French and German offices have since agreed to adopt the scheme, which also allows staff to be put on a four-day week.