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Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is a global law firm that helps the world’s leading businesses to grow, innovate and thrive. For almost a century, we have built a reputation for our commitment to think ahead and bring original solutions to our clients’ most complex legal and commercial challenges. 

At a time of significant turbulence in the business world, we are determined to help our clients embrace change, confidently expand into new markets and keep on top of ever-more complicated regulatory frameworks. 

To do this, we will harness our global strength and local knowledge. We will drive towards our vision to become the world's most innovative law firm. And we will continue to create an environment where the brightest minds can flourish.

One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD
Industry Law Practice
Company size:   5,001-10,000 employees
Industry:   Law Practice
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One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

Flexible working at Allen & Overy offers employees a variety of options, as they see the importance of flexible working to not only the individual but also the company. 2018 saw A&O complete the roll-out of iFlex across every office for all lawyers and support professionals working in roles that can be done in an agile way. A&O state there is no minimum or maximum number of days per week or per month that people can work remotely. Trust is a key part of the organisation, as employees do not need to ask permission. Their roll-out of a new suite of IT systems also makes remote working easier too.

What we love about Allen & Overy:

💡 A&O are trialling different options of hybrid working in their offices, with support for their managers and employees

💡 A&O re-designed their 50,000 sq ft office at Belfast’s vibrant Donegall Quay to accommodate for agile working

💡 A&O iFlex enables anyone to work from home without seeking permission

Article about Allen & Overy:

💡 A&O recognised for new Agile Working approach

💡 Allen & Overy LLP, Finalist 2016, The American Express Best Flexible Working Initiative Award

Flexible Working Approach

The 16 months up to July 2021 did a lot to progress the culture of remote and flexible working across A&O; with the return to some offices in September 2021 came the opportunity to preserve the best of that experience.

In many ways, the pandemic accelerated changes that were already happening at A&O with, for example, the use of “seamless” technology and initiatives such as iFlex flexible working arrangements.

It’s a work in progress, but with internal research showing that hybrid arrangements encompassing office and remote working are beneficial to both A&O and the individual, momentum is building, with workstreams looking closely at what’s best for individuals, A&O and our clients.

Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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