The Lawyers Weekly quotes Toronto lawyer Karen Sargeant in an article about why the legal profession has been slow to adopt flexible work arrangements.
“We have some very good lawyers on flexible work arrangements,” including reduced hours and working at home, Sargeant says. “We want to keep good talent, and in our experience lawyers only need these arrangements over a short period of their careers.”
“If someone asks about a flexible arrangement, we say, ‘Tell us what you need.’” The details are then worked out between the lawyer and the firm. “There’s no one-size-fits-all model. There must be a good business case and it depends on the individual lawyer and the practice group.”
At Fasken, a lawyer’s progress to partnership may be delayed by a flexible work arrangement but it won’t necessarily be derailed, says Sargeant. “We don’t have an up-or-out policy.”