Salans offers staff four-day week

Salans is offering a four-day working week to staff in some departments, becoming the latest firm to propose flexible working in response to the economic downturn.

Salans is offering a four-day working week to staff in some departments, becoming the latest firm to propose flexible working in response to the economic downturn.

The firm has asked staff in corporate and real estate groups in London to consider working one less day a week on 80 per cent of pay, or taking a sabbatical of up to six months on 30 per cent of salary, to prevent more job cuts.

Salans has also put the jobs on 13 fee-earners and support staff on the line in a redundancy consultation. The redundancies are being spread across practice areas although the firm would not comment on how many of the 13 would be lawyers.

It is understood that partners will not being offered flexible working.

Earlier this month, Norton Rose put forward a plan to offer staff a four-day week on 85 per cent of pay or a sabbatical on 30 per cent of salary (12 March) .

Salans London managing partner Howard Cohen said: “I’m disappointed some members of our close-knit team in London will be leaving the firm.

“The flexible working proposals are a way of retaining as many people as possible. We hope that together these measures will enable us to avoid having to make further redundancies in the future.”

In January the firm posted a 16 per cent rise in turnover during 2008, while average profit per equity partner was expected to remain static at around E500,000 (£448,434) (19 January).