Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has announced a permanent working policy that allows its teams to work onsite and offsite, including work from home.
The firm has been working on a remote-only model since the start of the pandemic and will continue the current work-from-home arrangement until 31 March 2021. The new long-term work- ing policy will come into effect after the pandemic wanes.
“In multiple surveys of our lawyers and future lawyers and other stakeholders, we found that a significant majority expressed a strong preference for flexibility in ways of working,” said Cyril Shroff, the managing partner of CAM.
The policy sets out five models:
(1) the conventional office model, where lawyers are working from the office, except when on client work;
(2) the hybrid model, which allows lawyers to work from home for at least a day in the week, and work from the office for a day per week;
(3) short-term work from anywhere, which allows lawyers to work for six consecutive months from anywhere, once in five years;
(4) long-term work from anywhere, where the lawyers can choose to work from a location with no CAM offices; and
(5) “flexi lawyering”, which involves hiring lawyers on short- term contracts for specific projects.
The firm has put in place physical and technological infrastructure that supports the new working model. It has increased its confidentiality and cybersecurity protocols and is working towards going paperless.