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Work less, earn less: Linklaters offers lawyers who want a life outside the office an 'alternative career model'

Work less, earn less: Linklaters offers lawyers who want a life outside the office an 'alternative career model'

Global giant Linklaters is offering its lawyers the option to work fewer hours for less cash.

'YourLink', which will be trialled across the firm's four German offices from next month, will allow associates to pre-agree what time they arrive and leave the office.

Seen as an attractive alternative to the "classic Linklaters career path", lawyers will work a standard 40-hour week and will not be expected to check emails (unless in exceptional circumstances) outside these pre-set times.

But this flexibility is reflected in lawyers' salaries. While an associate in their first year of employment on the "classic" career path will earn €120,000 (£101,000), those punting for Linklaters' more 'work-life balance friendly' option will pocket just €80,000 (£67,000). After this, salary increases on the 'YourLink' track will be based on "performance and seniority".

The 'YourLink' route is open to both the firm's new and more experienced lawyers, who have the option to revert back to the "classic" career track at anytime.

Source: https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/04/work-less-earn-less-linklaters-offers-lawyers-who-want-a-life-outside-the-office-an-alternative-career-model/

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