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Society issues guidance on juniors as lockdown eases

By Gazette Reporter >>

(18 May 2021)

Junior lawyers and trainees must be appropriately supervised and supported as office working returns, the Law Society said today unveiling new guidance on how to manage hybrid and flexible working models.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: ’Since March 2020, solicitors have been working and supervising junior staff and trainee solicitors remotely.

’It’s clear the pandemic has changed the way we view work. We want to guide our members on how to ensure their junior staff are being supported in the best possible way. With the imminent return to the office, many firms and organisations are considering a hybrid model, with some form of remote working arrangements alongside time spent in the office.

’There are some areas of good practice that should be taken into account when deciding working arrangements to ensure junior staff, and trainees in particular, are appropriately supervised and supported as the profession plans its return to the office.

’We have developed guidance based on member feedback to support employers and staff come to suitable working arrangements.’

The guidance is aimed at firms and organisations considering flexible or hybrid working arrangements as lockdown restrictions in England and Wales ease.

(Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette)