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Laure de Panafieu, Partner, Singapore
Simon Grolig, Associate, Düsseldorf
YourLink is an innovative alternative career model for lawyers in our German offices. The flexitime model guarantees reliable, agreed working hours of (on average) 40 hours per week with a compensation package to match. Simon Grolig is a YourLink associate from our Düsseldorf office.
Shilpa Bhandarkar, Head of Innovation
Shilpa has had a truly agile career path. She was a lawyer here at Linklaters before founding and selling a technology business. Shilpa then became Legal Network Director for a start-up and returned to Linklaters as Head of Innovation in July 2018.
I have been agile, or as I like to say "I've worked smart" for the last 12 years, both inside the firm and outside it, before having children and after. I've adapted how I work to the needs of my life and my role at particular points in time. At Linklaters, I've worked from home on a fairly regular basis, worked part-time for a short period, and also informally adjusted my hours to start earlier in an attempt to also leave earlier. When I rejoined Linklaters as the Head of Innovation, I split my time between Amsterdam (where I lived at the time) and London (where my role is based). I couldn’t have even taken this role if the firm didn’t embrace agile working. The attitude of everyone I spoke to during the interview process was so refreshing and definitely played a part in my decision to come back to the firm.
Nicolas Gauzès, Partner, Mainstream Corporate Practice, Luxembourg
Nicolas is a Partner in Mainstream Corporate in Luxembourg who works part-time and did so as an associate when his first son was born.
I work 80%. I have Wednesdays off where I coach my second son's rugby team and take time for myself. I wanted to work differently because I realised that I had everything I wanted in life but time. My arrangement also empowers my team. I rely on others and delegate with confidence. They know they are responsible and trusted, making the team stronger. Clients are also confident that the whole team is reliable. I am really proud to work in a partnership that embraces agile working and prioritises taking real care of our people – it shows who we are.
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Samantha Cornelius & Emma Pugh, Co-heads of Employment & Incentives Practice, Hong Kong
Samantha Cornelius and Emma Pugh job shared as co-heads of the Hong Kong Employment & Incentives Practice for over three years. They were jointly awarded the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Best in Labour and Employment Award 2017.
We wanted to work part-time because we both have young families and wanted to maintain our career in law. We both work three days a week and overlap on a Wednesday. This day tends to be our handover day and often when we arrange client meetings and seminars - the overlap is minimal and handovers are the equivalent to how we all delegate on a daily basis.
Linklaters is setting the trend amongst law firms in Hong Kong – in fact, we are not aware of any other senior job shares in the Hong Kong legal community. It works so well for us and our clients and colleagues get the benefit of two heads rather than one so everyone benefits!
Jas Brar, Paralegal, London
Jas Brar started in the firm's pro bono team. He is currently a paralegal in the eDisclosure and Review team in London.
I work from home a day a week on average, and some mornings if I have challenges with carers, I log in remotely too. I used to have rehab some afternoons, so on those days I would work in the morning, log out for the afternoon, and work again into the evening.
Linklaters was my first job post-injury. I had been looking for a couple of years and Linklaters was the first place to give me a try. I have now worked in three teams here, each said it was the first time they worked with someone with a physical disability. The great thing about them all was they were open about that from the outset and just wanted to work with me to make it a success. Agile working has been central to that.
Fernando Íscar, Associate, Competition/Antitrust Practice, Düsseldorf
Fernando Íscar Rüland, Associate, is a member of the Spanish national freediving team and works in our Düsseldorf office. Working in an agile way has enabled him to continue his sport commitments alongside working out of both our German and Spanish offices.
As a Spanish lawyer (working abroad in Germany) and member of the Spanish national freediving team, I need to travel a lot. My laptop and phone enable me to work while I am travelling. Working from our different offices in Germany and Spain is always easy due to the technology available as it is essentially the same as sitting at my own desk.
The firm encouraged me to train and supported me to pursue my goals from the outset. I think the team gets a better version of me because of my sport – I'm calmer and more focused.