Is it time for law firms to switch to a four-day week

by Steve Randall30 May 2019

Is it time for law firms to switch to a four-day week?

Less stressed and more productive staff; two of the benefits a law firm in the UK has reported by switching its entire workforce to a four-day working week.

Portcullis Legals based in Plymouth, Devon, initially ran a five-month trial of the shorter working week but has now introduced it across the firm. And staff have also been given a pay rise to ensure they don’t lose out financially.

Clients don’t lose out either as the firm is still open five days a week and for longer hours, meaning appointments later in the evening.

Managing director Trevor Worth says that his team are happier and more motivated.

“Values and purpose are very important to us, as is the wellbeing of every team member,” he said.

Eversheds Sutherland to open first US office since 2017 merger

A new office in Chicago will be a major milestone in the growth of Eversheds Sutherland.

It is the global firm’s first US office opening since the merger of Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in 2017 and co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman says it will be a significant focal point for the firm.

“Chicago is the third-largest legal market and the third-largest city in the US,” he said. “We have spent a great deal of time over the past two years listening to our clients in the US and around the world, and Chicago is one of the places where they would like us to have a strong presence.”

The new office will be led by veteran real estate lawyer Marc A. Benjamin who will join from White & Case next month.

Clyde & Co builds regulatory and investigations capabilities

A former Baker McKenzie partner is joining Clyde & Co to lead its Regulatory & Investigations practice in the Middle East.

Financial services and regulation expert Matthew Shanahan will be based in Dubai and has a decade of experience with the UK and Dubai financial regulators.

The Middle East practice forms part of the firm’s global Regulatory & Investigations practice comprising 20 partners across London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.