Links seeks client input as it overhauls flexi-working policy

Linklaters is to launch a client forum to help develop a best practice approach to work-life balance issues at the firm.

The firm has identified several clients with a view to putting together regular meetings with partners later this year as it looks to put in place flexible working procedures for its lawyers.

Last year, the firm carried out a global engagement survey initiated by head of HR Jill King, sparking a review of its flexible working policy. The survey also prompted the introduction of a firmwide mentoring service and a confidential counseling service.

Client discussions will be led by employment partner Gillian Chapman and will feature partners from across the practice areas.

Fellow magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer launched a pilot scheme last year to allow for flexible working in its corporate team (15 July 2010), led by City corporate head Mark Rawlinson.