UK law firm Slater and Gordon has said remote working for its almost 2,000 staff will become the norm rather than the exception once the pandemic ends, according to a report in the UK’s Law Gazette.
The firm will move out of its London office in September once the two-year lease on the building ends, with a review of all offices nationwide due to finish in September.
The UK Gazette says the announcement was made to staff earlier this week, but it is not expected to result in any significant job losses.
The intention for London, where almost 200 people currently work, is to find a smaller office that is more suitable to hosting meetings, with other work done from home or elsewhere.
The COVID-19 crisis has seen the firm move most staff out of its offices to work from home, in line with all other legal businesses.
Slater and Gordon chief executive David Whitmore told the Gazette that what has effectively been a test run of smart working has proved successful and popular, prompting the decision to make it a long-term model.
“We are not doing this to be different, we want as much as possible to be business as usual. A lot of people have liked the way they have been able to operate and we have been listening to them.” he said.