This Is The New Normal When It Comes To Office Attendance At Biglaw Firms


office welcome back signFor firms that were not feeling comfortable with a mandate, they would say enough of our peers are doing it. The people who are mandating will look at it and say we aren’t the only ones.

— Thomas Fulcher, vice chair, mid-Atlantic lead and director at Savills, in comments given to the American Lawyer, on the company’s new Legal Tenant Practice Group survey, which revealed that 34% of firms have mandated attendance for three days a week, while another 33% “encourage” attendance three days a week. Just 7% of firms have mandated attendance of two days a week, and another 15% encourage attendance two days a week. Finally, 7% of firms encourage attendance with no set number of days, while no respondents to the Savills survey encourage or mandate attendance one or four days a week.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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