The American giant said that it successfully conducted an extensive beta test before the program was approved. Their test showed that associates continued to be productive, available, and engaged with work.
“Our clients have long recognized the value and effectiveness of remote working programs, and we know these programs work well,” said Jami McKeon, Morgan Lewis chair. “It is well established that they provide significant benefits for the individuals without any reduction in the quality or level of service. Our experience reinforces that wisdom.”
Amanda Smith, the firm’s associate talent partner, said that the flexible working program will help the firm attract and retain top associate talent.
Flexible working is increasingly being utilised by law firms, even in Australia. For instance, one in five
partners at Maddocks
work flexibly. Russell Kennedy also recently expanded its reach by using flexible working technologies
to open an extension office in Geelong.
The Law Council of Australia
also recently told Australasian Lawyer that it is developing online tools
that promote and enable flexible working arrangements. The council aims to use these technologies to make the profession more accommodating to lawyers who want to be able to work while also tending to other responsibilities.
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Morgan Lewis & Bockius associates will be able to work remotely for up to two days a week starting 1 May with the launch of a new remote working program.