Global giant Dentons has become the latest firm to introduce agile working into its UK offices, as firms increasingly look to adopt flexible working methods.
Dentons is offering its partners, associates and legal executives the option to work remotely for up to one day a week on an ad hoc or informal basis.
Agile working will initially be offered across its offices in London, Milton Keynes and Watford, but the firm will consider extending the practice to its other UK offices later in the year.
The shift to agile working is in response to feedback from staff in a recent internal survey. The firm said it is part of its drive to establish ‘smarter and more efficient’ ways of working.
Jeremy Cohen, chief executive for the UK, Middle East and Africa, said the firm is encouraging its partners to lead the way in supporting this initiative.
He said: ‘Modern technology enables us to work in a more agile way and means that we are not tied to working in the office in the way we once were. We want to support staff to find the right balance between being highly responsive to clients while juggling all the other demands on their time.’
Dentons is among a number of firms who have recently embraced flexible working. Last summer Linklaters told the Gazette that agile working was available to staff if they want it, while international firm Herbert Smith Freehills said it would implement agile working across all London practice groups following the success of its ‘early adopter’ initiative.
The move closely follows international firm Olswang’s announcement that it would move to open plan in its London office by 2017 in order to ‘cultivate a more agile working environment’.
A spokesman at the firm said it is in the process of refitting its London headquarters to ‘better use the office space’, including through moving to an open-plan seating arrangement.
The firm is also in the process of upgrading its IT systems to a cloud-based platform that can be accessed by more mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Meanwhile, global firm Mayer Brown is piloting agile working in its construction department until July.