BPE ditches flexi-working for full-time hours

Gloucester-based BPE Solicitors has moved the 13 members of staff who were put on a four-day week in January back up to full-time working.

The firm put the group, which includes three partners, on a four-day week in January in a bid to minimise redundancies and reduce staff overheads (29 January 2009).

Senior partner John Workman (pictured) said: “Although we’re not naive enough to think that we’re completely out of the woods in terms of the economy, work’s picking up for our commercial property and corporate teams.”

Staff affected by the four-day week have been told that they can return to their previous work patterns from 1 July. Those who want to remain on part-time hours can do so as long as work for clients is unaffected.

BPE counts commercial insurance broker Jelf Group and social housing repairs company Mears Group among its clients.