UK Law Firms Reward Staff With COVID Bonuses
DLA Piper, Allen & Overy and others are thanking staff for their work during the pandemic with additional pay and holiday time.
A number of UK law firms are issuing “COVID bonuses” to their lawyers in recognition of their work during the pandemic.
International firm DLA Piper is offering staff a choice of an additional week’s pay or a week’s holiday on top of regular pay reviews and bonus awards set to go ahead over the next few months. Simon Levine, the firm’s global co-chief executive, said that staff had performed exceptionally throughout the health crisis.
“Their fortitude, supportiveness and collaboration with colleagues, clients and our communities has been remarkable. The extra week’s pay or holiday is just one small way of us saying thank you to them for everything they have achieved in such a challenging year,” he said.
Other law firms have also committed to issuing pandemic bonuses to employees.
Lawyers and support staff at Allen & Overy will be given a one-time bonus equivalent to 5% of their annual salary, which a spokesperson said is “in recognition of their hard work and contributions in very challenging circumstance over the last 12 months”.
Like DLA Piper’s bonus offers, Allen & Overy’s staff bonuses will be granted in addition to their usual performance bonuses and salary reviews.
Meanwhile, Ashurst has doubled the size of its bonus pool and is preparing to issue £1,000 rewards to all of their global staff in July. Paul Jenkins, Ashurst’s global managing partner, credited the firm’s performance in 2020 to “a great team effort”, necessitating the additional bonuses.
£1,000 cash awards are also being issued by Walker Morris to their partners as thanks for their “incredible support” in the last financial year.
The bonus announcements follow on the heels of other City law firms issuing rewards to their staff for exceptional performance during the pandemic. Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters have all pledged to issue 5% bonuses to their staff in recognition of good work during an unusually punishing year.
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