The pandemic is driving major changes in the way we work. Firms such as Allen & Overy, DAC Beachcroft and Bird & Bird are announcing permanent changes to their flexible working policies.

Even those firms that would prefer a return to the office five days a week, must realise this is not an option.

A recent Thomson Reuters survey found 86 per cent of senior lawyers wanted a permanent change to their working pattern; many were willing to go elsewhere if this was not accommodated.

Those surveyed wanted to work remotely at least two days a week and see a 10 per cent reduction in hours, with a third willing to reduce their compensation in exchange.

The desire for flexible working is not new, particularly for wo...

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