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Flexible working as an in-house lawyer: Myth or reality?

This is a topic that has become increasingly prominent in recent years and it seems each week a law firm is coming up with a new idea to enable its lawyers to access agile working. Unsurprisingly, those law firms that have successfully implemented flexible working schemes are reporting an increase in retention ratings in their practices! There have always been and there will always be individuals who require flexibility in their working week.

It is often the case that an in-house environment has different demands to working for a law firm. Both work extremely hard but ultimately, law firms work on behalf of their clients and in-house lawyers are responsible for supporting the business and its stakeholders. Turning attention specifically to the world of in-house, legal teams are increasingly keen to be seen as approachable within the business which therefore allows them to effectively build relationships with stakeholders. However, for this to be truly effective, it must be borne in mind that a certain amount of ‘face time’ is necessary. It is also highly beneficial for a lawyer to have the opportunity to understand the culture of the business and its key drivers.

With this being said the majority of in-house legal teams that we work with here at BCL Legal wish to consider lawyers that require flexible working arrangements. The benefits that this can have to an in-house legal team are profound. Flexible working can promote a happy, loyal and potentially more productive workforce with benefits to the individual, the legal team and the business. Seen as a relatively new perk within businesses, this can attract high-calibre individuals who wish to be part of a progressive and open-minded business.

If you are searching for an exciting in-house that offers the opportunity of a flexible working pattern then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the in-house legal team here at BCL Legal.

For more information contact Liam Digan at BCL Legal.

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