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A bridge too far?

Edward O'Rourke considers whether a new model for annual leave, already embraced by Netflix and Richard Branson, can be successfully adapted to the UK legal sector

9 June 2015

It was our staff who suggested, partly in jest perhaps, that our firm should introduce a take-as-much-holiday-as-you-like scheme. The suggestion came when Richard Branson was receiving publicity for introducing such an approach with his own private staff in September 2014.

The assumption was that
it wasn't an idea we'd even consider, but we did and are now almost half way through the trial period for the scheme. Some careful thought was required but we believe we've developed a model which can work for the business and for the staff while, of course, complying with employment law.

The underlying principle of the scheme is a desire to become legal employer of choice in our region and, as part of that, to give our staff greater flexibility in terms of work/life balance and to be more outcome focused.

Flexible approach

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