Learning flexibility

Linklaters & Paines' move to introduce a flexible working policy for partners is to be commended for its acknowledgement that lifestyle is an important factor in any working environment.

For too long firms have strived to keep up with the macho myth that long hours signal high productivity and commitment. A number of them have flexible arrangements for staff, but there are few schemes for partners, and they are increasingly disillusioned with their lot. In the future, firms that want to keep their best people will come under pressure to accommodate their needs.