Ashurst to introduce 50-hour week for partners

January 20, 2011 Partners at Ashurst will now be obliged to carry out at least 50 hours of firm-related work each week under new rules that raise the minimum commitment by 40 per cent.

Senior partner Charlie Geffen said: "This is an attempt to set a clear standard among partners - it is important that they set a positive example for all lawyers and non-lawyers across the firm."

Meanwhile, the firm is also expected to introduce a new flexible working strategy aimed at retaining female staff. Geffen commented: "People used to think that recruiting 50% women at entry level would eventually trickle through to the more senior positions, but this strategy has not worked.”

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