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Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Dentons Global Advisors. Dentons'​ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

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Company size:   5,001-10,000 employees
Industry:   Law Practice
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Dentons launched 'You Choose' in May 2021, allowing its lawyers and staff to decide how they best work, whether this at home or in the office, or a mix of the two. Importantly, their policy gives guidance to staff to find a boundary between home and work life to help maintain employees' well-being, while also encouraging them to perform productively and efficiently. 

What we love about Dentons:

💡 Dentons understand the importance of employee well-being and the need to have clear boundaries between work life and home life. 

💡 Dentons listened to the feedback after the first year of the 'You Choose' policy to ensure that their policy is reflective of their employee's needs when it comes to flexible working.

What's worth checking about Dentons:

💡Dentons said its flexible working policy would be kept under close review and adapted as required to suit the needs of its clients, teams and the market environment. 

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💡 World’s largest law firm Dentons to offer permanent home working

💡 Wake Up Call: Dentons Extends Flexible Work Trial for UK Region 

💡 Dentons extends flexible working trial for UK, Ireland and Middle East offices

Flexible Working Approach

One of the early steps undertaken to implement agile working at Dentons around the world by the winning Big Inclusion Project team: Agilis was to define the key terminology in support of the Dentons Agilis Mission Statement which constitutes the foundation of flexible and agile working policies and practices in all our offices around the globe. Here is an example of how flexible and agile working is defined at Dentons.

"Flexibility" refers to a work structure which deviates from the 'traditional' 8-hour office workday. Flexibility encompasses both flexible working and agile working, as defined below. Flexibility is not just about allowing shorter hours; rather, flexibility encompasses many different working patterns around where, when and how someone works: be it one-off, short-term, ongoing, formal or informal. It is ultimately about integrating effective ways of working which leverage our physiological and psychological energy to deliver sustainable performance and quality work output while also supporting the balance of our individual worlds.

Examples of Flexibility in the Workplace



"Flexible Working" is a more formal, often contractual, way to define how, where, and/or when someone works, in a way in which is most comfortable and practical for them (e.g. part-time work; job-sharing; on/off-ramping after parental leave).

"Agile Working" is a more dynamic way to define how, where, and/or when someone works by reviewing existing work practices, utilising new technologies, and shifting behaviours and mind-sets to create a more responsive, productive and efficient Firm based on more balanced, motivated and engaged individuals. Agile working incorporates dimensions of time and place flexibility, but also involves doing work differently focusing on performance and outcomes (e.g. using Dentons' technology to work remotely or while on-the-go; adjusting your working hours earlier or later; developing a results-oriented work schedule rather than your 'typical 9-5').

Types of Flexible and Agile Working


"Agilis" was conceptualised by the winning team from The Big Inclusion Project, a Firm-wide competition that saw colleagues from across the globe come together and propose ways in which Dentons could be a more inclusive workplace. The winning team envisioned Agilis as a broad strategy to achieve inclusion in the workplace by ensuring that all Dentons employees feel supported to choose flexible and/or agile working arrangements if it suits their needs. As a broad strategy, Agilis provides a set of core standards and principles for implementing agile and flexible working policies in every Dentons office. Agilis has an inherently adaptable design, capable of being implemented with considerable flexibility at either local, regional, and/or country levels based on the necessary circumstances and legislative requirements.

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.
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.
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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