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FAL Lawyers encourages permanent remote working

As some workplaces begin mandating in-office working, one boutique firm has decided to go a different way — and is encouraging more remote and flexible working on a permanent basis.

user iconLauren Croft 21 July 2022 SME Law
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Boutique law firm FAL Lawyers is allowing staff to work from home as often or as little as they want, after consulting with staff and key industry stakeholders about what the future of work looks like to them.

To ensure the decision to go fully remote is a win-win for both the firm and its employees, FAL has moved into newly built offices that will facilitate a hybrid work model — a decision partner Chloe Moorfoot said was fuelled by a realistic view of the role of offices in a post-pandemic law firm.


“Our new offices are purpose-built with collaboration in mind. They feature spaces where staff can work alongside each other, as well as designated areas to unwind and socialise — something many of us miss when we work from home,” she said.

“An interactive collaboration space will give remote workers the opportunity to dial in and interact with their co-workers without having to go into the office, so they aren’t missing out on those benefits of working in-person.”

Whilst learning opportunities for junior lawyers has been a significant challenge of remote work, Ms Moorfoot said that aiming to work around remote work will simply delay the inevitable — to the detriment of a new generation of talented lawyers.

“When I was starting out, simply being around senior lawyers and learning how they go about things was invaluable to my development in the profession. So, it’s important we look at ways to not only emulate that outside the office but improve the learning environment for junior lawyers in a virtual setting,” she added.

“FAL’s interactive collaboration space is helping to bridge the gap in lawyer development created by remote work. And as we get used to the new way of working, we have made it a priority to continue to apply the latest professional development innovations in remote working environments.”