Slater and Gordon to Close London Office
As remote working becomes the norm, the firm’s staff will continue to practice from home even once the COVID-19 pandemic has abated.
National law firm Slater and Gordon has announced its intention to institute remote working policies on a permanent basis, and will not be renewing the lease on its London office when it ends in September.
Slater and Gordon will carry out a review of all of its nationwide properties, also due to finish by September. The intention for the firm’s 200 London employees is to either move to a smaller office that is more suitable for hosting meetings or continue to work remotely for the indefinite future.
Speaking with The Law Society Gazette, chief executive David Whitmore said that the move towards a smart working model has been prompted by its observed success during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are not doing this to be different, we want as much as possible to be business as usual,” he said. “A lot of people have liked the way they have been able to operate and we have been listening to them.”
Slater and Gordon employs 2,000 staff worldwide. There is no definitive answer yet on how staff in other locations may be affected by wider adoption of remote working policies, but Whitmore stated that offices are likely to run at 35% capacity while social distancing measures remain in place.
To assist those working from home, staff will be supplied with multiple monitors and comfortable office equipment if required.