A&O boosts flexible working push with freelance initiative for alumni

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  • It has always puzzled me that a profession which was subject to flexible levels of work was so wedded to an inflexibly fixed staffing model. Decades behind other industries. This is a common sense approach - I'm only surprised it's as few as 30 lawyers wide.

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  • Has a whiff of zero hours contracts....

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  • I think I've come across a business called Peerpoint or something similar in the past?

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  • This in no way a "boost" to flexible working. This is just offering contracts to A&O alumni who are working as freelancers or interested in doing so (having already left A&O).

    "The idea behind this is to make sure our best people, who might just want to focus on legal work and have less interest in the other aspects of being a lawyer, or want more flexiblity in their lives, can stay in touch with the business and the clients."

    What about flexible working for your actual staff rather than those who have already left?

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  • Lets give them some credit for at least moving in the right direction. Although not mentioned in the story, this is clearly a strategic response to folks like Axiom/ Obelisk/ Varios et al who've all been taking advantage of the mis-match between legal work and life. The number seems low, but they are likely dealing with internal nay-sayers worried about margin cannibalisation and words like "softly softly" and "pilot" have surely been used.
    The point about more internal flexibility is always a good one, and firms need to take the wider view on flexibility/ practice type/ comp----and the fee earners involved need to be honest with themselves about the same balancing act.

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  • Why would you limit yourself to an alumni scheme rather than working as a freelancer with Lawyers on Demand, Axiom or CadorLaw and broaden your choice of work, and avoid working for the same old clients and partners?

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